Dar es Salaam

Tanzania has signed a contract with Thales Air Systems of France to procure four (4) civilian Radars for Provision of Air Navigation Surveillance services in ceremony held on August 22 at TCAA HQ, Banana- Ukonga, Dar es Salaam

The  agreement was signed by Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority(TCAA) Director General Hamza S. Johari and Thales Air System Regional Sales Manager, Abel Carr  and witnessed by the Minister of Works, Transport and Communication Prof. Makame Mbarawa

Speaking before the signing, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, called for Thales Company to implement the project according to the agreement, warning that the government will be forced to take stern measures if it fails to deliver the project as per the contract.

He reminded TCAA staff Incharge of the project implementation to observe patriotism, diligent and professionalism for outstanding performance. "I believe TCAA will honestly and patriotically supervise the project implementation" said Prof. Mbarawa.

The DGTCAA, Johari said, the 61.3 Billion projects which expected to be completed after 18 months will enable the radars installation at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), Songwe and Mwanza Airports. The project cost is covered by both government and TCAA.

He added that, the project will enable fully surveillance of Tanzania sky, expeditious and orderly flow of air traffics, enhance safety and security, and attract more over flights and the growth of aviation industry as well as increase the government revenue coming from over flight charges, therefore support the government vision of making Tanzania a middle income country by 2025.

The Authority DG used the occasion to thank the government of President, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli for supporting the project, which will definitely enable TCAA to meet its mandated obligation of provision of air navigation services expeditiously as well as enhance safety and security which are paramount to the industry.

The Thales Regional Marketing Manager, Abel Carr, expressed his company commitment in implementing the project, adding that his company has offered the Air Navigation Facilities in various parties of Africa.  33 TCAA experts are set to be trained by Thales Air System on civilian radar management hence enhance TCAA expertise on radar control.

The radar signing ceremony was accompanied with official launch of the Authority logo and website. The new logo is part of the Authority culture change and re- branding process, to cope with challenges and dynamics in the industry as well as meet stakeholders' needs and expectations.