Lockheed Martin has teamed up with airport systems integrator Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies to deploy radar technology designed to collect turbulence data from departing and approaching airplanes at the Dubai International Airport.
The Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects purchased the company’s WindTracer light detection and ranging system as part of its plans to support dual aircraft arrivals on two runways and address safety concerns, Lockheed said Monday.
DAEP also aims to provide advanced offerings and technology for the Middle East’s aviation industry.
“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,” said Alan Bourjeily, general manager at Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies.
Lockheed and BAES are currently integrating two more lidar systems in Dubai.
Dr. Michael Margulis, WindTracer Programs director at Lockheed Martin, said the sensor is designed to maintain safety and boost efficiency at airports and is being used in major terminals worldwide including New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, London, Frankfurt, Munich, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Osaka and Tokyo.
According to Lockheed, Dubai International Airport operates three terminals, including a dedicated A380 terminal and two runways and is considered the world’s second busiest airport terminal when it comes to international passengers with more than 57 million passenger traffic in 2012.