DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, November 18, 2013 – Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies LLC (BAES), the region’s leading airport systems integrator in collaboration with Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], has successfully installed at Dubai International Airport the Middle East's first WindTracer® lidar (light detection and ranging) system to collect turbulence data arising from approaching and departing aircraft. The companies are currently installing the second and third lidar systems.
With the rise in 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 a dual arrival stream on both runways, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has procured Lockheed Martin’s sophisticated WindTracer® lidar.
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. 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,” said Alan Bourjeily, General Manager, Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies LLC.
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 2nd busiest airport in terms of international passengers, has 3 terminals with 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% 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
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