TANZANIA Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) will procure modern satellite surveillance equipment at 3.8 bn/- in a move to boost aviation safety.
Speaking at press conference in Dar es Salaam on Friday, TCAA Information Officer, Ms Bestina Maguni, said that the project involves the installation of the Automated Data Surveillance (ADS-B) worth Euro 959,490,000 and Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS) worth Euro 621,345,256.
According to Ms Maguni, once the project is complete, Tanzania will be among the few African countries using this new technology.
Processes to implement the project will commence anytime from now, with installation to be completed by early next year.
"TCAA has made this move in line with changes in technology in the aviation sector and to counter insecurity in air travel," she said.
Once complete, she said, the ADB-S surveillance system will enable 'craft directors' follow up on aeroplanes passing over the airspace in the eastern part of the country including the Indian Ocean.
A German company, COMSOFT, won the tender to provide the equipment. Meanwhile, Ms Maguni said that in order to build capacity in the civil aviation sector in the country, government through TCAA has resumed sponsorship for the training of pilots.
Through the fund, five students will get the opportunity to study in South Africa at 43rd Air school for 14 months. Cost per student is over $62,000. She said over $200,000 has been collected to run the Fund.