Australia’s current air traffic control systems were ground-breaking technology when introduced in the 1990s and created significant advancements in civil and military air traffic operations at that time.
Both the civil air traffic control system [TAAATS] and the military air traffic control system [ADATS] are reaching end of life, presenting the opportunity to harmonise Australia’s civil and military air traffic management into one seamless system.
Delivered by Airservices in partnership with the Department of Defence, the new Civil Military Air Traffic Management System [CMATS] developed by Thales will replace the current independent civil and defence systems.
CMATS will enable Airservices to deliver more efficient services, while supporting long-term air traffic growth, operational efficiency, better resilience and national security.
The new system will be delivered in three releases:
Release Zero is the initial release of the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System [CMATS]. It will begin to replace the Defence legacy system and establish a national Support System for Airservices and Defence operations.
Release Zero includes system deployment at defence sites in East Sale [including the School of Air Traffic Control], Amberley, Tindal, and Pearce.
Support System equipment will be deployed at Amberley and the Airservices Air Traffic Services Centre in Melbourne.
Release One of the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System [CMATS] is the first major release for civil operations and includes deployment to Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Townsville, Williamtown, Nowra, Perth and Sydney.
Release Zero sites will also be upgraded with Release One systems.
Release Two of the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System [CMATS] is the final release which will see all CMATS sites upgraded to support the full capability being delivered under OneSKY.