Leonardo will supply the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), with a TETRA end to end solution operating in a customised frequency band, which will provide thousands of users in different airport operations sectors with reliable, secure and mission critical voice and data communications.

Leonardo, through its Saudi Arabian subsidiary “Selex ES Saudi Arabia Ltd”, has been awarded a contract by its local partner Innovative Contractors for Advanced Dimensions (ICAD), to provide the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) with an end to end TETRA solution.

This will provide secure communications throughout the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia and one of the largest in the world. The agreement has been announced at PMRExpo (Cologne, 28-30 November), a European trade fair for Professional Mobile Radio and Control Rooms.

The TETRA project will be deployed within larger ICAD packages providing Special Airport System/Information and Communication Technology (SAS/ICT) capabilities for the KAIA Development Project which is designed to greatly increase the airport's yearly capacity.

Leonardo will deploy the entire Adaptanet TETRA IP solution in a short timeframe at the beginning of next year. The deployment will include a TETRA core network, gateways to other telecommunication systems, radio base stations and a subscriber radio fleet based on Leonardo’s new ruggedised handsets and mobile terminals. The Company will also provide installation support, testing and final hand-over.

Through its in-country subsidiary, Leonardo also manages the activities for major mass transit programmes in the Kingdom as well as being active in security solutions for the oil and gas sector.

Author: Sam Fenwick