Flight mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem on course for up­grade

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Greece has moved a step closer to up­grad­ing its flight mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem, which was pur­chased in 1997 and is near­ing the end of its work­ing life.

In­fras­truc­ture Min­is­ter Chris­tos Spirtzis said yes­ter­day that he is pro­ceed­ing with the ten­der process for the project to im­prove the cur­rent sys­tem. How­ever, ex­perts say that a new sys­tem will be re­quired soon de­spite the up­grade.

“The cur­rent radar sys­tem has been up­graded three or four times at a cost of around 30 mil­lion eu­ros, which is around what a new one costs,” said Panayi­o­tis Hatza­kis, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Union of Air-Traf­fic Con­trollers. He added that the cur­rent sys­tem will not com­ply with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards by 2020.

Ac­cord­ing to min­istry sources, the lat­est up­grade would be in­cor­po­rated into the new sys­tem and is nec­es­sary as in­stalling a new flight mon­i­tor­ing pack­age will take some time.

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