• The radars of Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Cayman Islands will gain in resolution, providing air traffic controllers with a more accurate view of aircraft movements
  • Indra is one of the world's leading companies in the provision of primary and secondary radars, having implemented more than 300 systems worldwide
  • The company leads the modernization of air traffic management in Latin America: 70% of the region's control centers use its technology, and it has installed fifty radars and a great number of radio navigation and communication systems, among other solutions
  • Indra has been awarded most of the contacts in the air traffic sector in Latin America in recent years 
Central America

The Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) has awarded Indra, a leading global consulting and technology Company, a contract to upgrade seven air traffic surveillance radars distributed in four countries and the Cayman Islands to provide them with cutting-edge digital features that allows a flexible maintenance and enhancement, optimizing costs.

This modernization improves quality of data and reliability of the service and allows the incorporation of updates in the radar network in a more flexible way.

The renewal will be addressed in radars operating in Monte Crudo and Dixon Hill in Honduras; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Mata de Caña and Poas Volcano in Costa Rica; Puerto Cabezas in Nicaragua; and Cerro Santiago in Guatemala.

After the upgrade, radars will operate under the same conditions as the next-generation radars that are going to be installed in San Jose, Costa Rica, and Belize within the program for modernizing and standardizing COCESNA systems. Indra will also upgrade the systems that facilitate remote management of these radars to facilitate monitoring and maintaining them. 

Digital reception technology makes it possible to apply advanced processing techniques of the pulse emitted and received by radars, making it possible to eliminate noise and increase the accuracy with which aircraft are detected. This means that air traffic controllers are able to 'see' better what happens in the airspace under their responsibility.

Indra will also incorporate ADS-B receivers in Mode S radars to reinforce the operation of radars. These systems are based on antennas that collect the information radiated automatically by aircraft reporting their position. By integrating the functions of the radar and the ADS-B, the results of the radar information are improved, increasing the probability of detecting and minimizing the cone of silence. This is all aimed to provide the best information to the air traffic controller and facilitate decision-making.

Indra has a consolidated relationship as COCESNA's technology provider. Currently, the entire upper airspace of Central America managed by this organization is ordered with Indra's technology and the company also supplies its systems to the countries that comprise it.

Indra is driving the modernization of air traffic management in Latin America. The company has been awarded the most important contracts of recent years in this region. Its systems are in operation in practically every Latin American country: it has modernized 70% of control centers in Latin America, 30 centers in total; it has installed its system in the majority of control towers; and, it has deployed close to fifty air traffic surveillance radars and a similar amount of radio navigation systems. In total, five hundred air traffic management systems of all types with the Indra seal are behind air traffic management in the subcontinent.

About Indra

Indra is one of the main global consulting and technology companies and the technology partner for core business operations of its clients businesses throughout the world. It offers a comprehensive range of proprietary solutions and cutting edge services with a high added value in technology, which adds to a unique culture that is reliable, flexible and adaptable to its client’s needs. Indra is a world leader in the development of comprehensive technological solutions in fields such as Defense & Security, Transport & Traffic, Energy & Industry, Telecommunications & Media, Financial Services and Public Administrations & Healthcare. Through its Minsait unit, it provides a response to the challenges of digital transformation. In 2016 it reported revenues of €2,709M, had a workforce of 34,000 professionals, a local presence in 46 countries, and sales operations in more than 140 countries.