Bayanat Airports Teams With Lockheed Martin To Deploy First Windtracer Lidar In Middle East
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Nov. 18, 2013 – Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies LLC (BAES), the leading airport systems integrator in the Middle East, in collaboration with Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], has successfully installed the region’s first WindTracer® lidar (light detection and ranging) system at Dubai International Airport. WindTracer collects data on turbulence arising from approaching and departing aircraft. The companies are currently installing the second and third lidar systems.
With rising air travel demand, Dubai International Airport must accommodate the increase in traffic from Emirates Airlines and other airlines using Dubai as their final destination or preferred hub in the region. As part of Dubai airport’s ambitious plans to have aircraft dual arrivals on both runways, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has procured Lockheed Martin’s sophisticated WindTracer lidar as an integral part of airport safety.
DAEP is spearheading the lidar project as part of continued efforts to lead the region’s aviation industry with superior technologies and solutions. They achieved a recent milestone in Dubai’s aviation history with the inauguration of Dubai International Airport’s Concourse A, the world’s first dedicated terminal for Emirates Airlines’ Airbus A380 fleet.
“Supporting the aviation industry in the Middle East with advanced technologies provides us great opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading manufacturers,” said Alan Bourjeily, general manager at Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies LLC. “The initial implementation of Lockheed Martin’s lidar system will help Dubai International Airport meet its future demands in passenger capacity while maintaining the highest safety standards. We are proud to be a part of this prestigious project initiated by Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects.”
Speaking on the entry of lidar systems into the Middle East, Dr. Michael Margulis, director of WindTracer Programs at Lockheed Martin, said: “WindTracer is the lidar sensor of choice for airports keen on maintaining safety while improving efficiency. With our systems now in place throughout major airports around the world, including in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, London, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Frankfurt, Munich, and Bangkok, we are pleased to be working with Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies to install our system for the first time in the Middle East to support ongoing aviation developments in the Emirates. We are proud to be DAEP’s choice in ensuring continued flight safety and improved efficiency at Dubai International Airport.”
Dubai International Airport, ranked the second busiest airport in the world in terms of international passengers, has three terminals, including the recently inaugurated Concourse A, the world’s first A380 dedicated terminal, and operates two runways. Passenger traffic in 2012 surpassed the 57 million mark, a 13 percent increase from 2011.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion. For more information about WindTracer, visit www.lockheedmartin.com/windtracer
About Bayanat Airports
Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies, part of Bayanat Engineering Group, is the leading airport systems integration provider, specializing in Air Traffic Control systems, Runway systems and Terminal Systems. The company has worked on key projects in the region including all major airports in the UAE and the new Doha International Airport in Qatar. With offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies comprises of highly trained engineers, providing state-of-the-art technologies from leading international companies. For further information, please visit http://www.bayanatairports.com
About Dubai Aviation & Engineering Projects - DAEP
DAEP is a world-class organization setting new standards in airport and aviation related infrastructure developments. DAEP focuses on bringing together the brightest minds, applying engineering ingenuity and deploying cutting edge technologies, to deliver state of the art solutions for the aviation industry. From master-planning record breaking developments, addressing challenging circumstances through innovative solutions to conducting complex technical studies, its projects enable economies to flourish, businesses to grow and bring people together. DAEP's combination of superior technical knowledge and practical experience are bridging today's capacity needs with tomorrow's possibilities. For further information, please visit http://www.epd.ae