Invitation to ATM-related manufacturers to express their interest to cooperate with the SESAR Deployment Manager

SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) is the technological pillar of the Single European Sky. It aims to improve Air Traffic Management (ATM) performance by modernising and harmonising ATM systems through the definition, development, validation and deployment of innovative technological and operational ATM solutions.

The SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA) consortium was entrusted by the European Commission in 2014 to undertake the management level of the Deployment phase and performs the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) function. The SDA consortium has evolved in January 2018 into a legal entity, the SESAR Deployment Alliance AISBL, a not-for-profit international association.

In order to facilitate the industrialisation processes related to the products necessary for the deployment of ATM functionalities and to ensure the timely availability of standards and products according to the Deployment Programme, the SDM has been seeking the assistance of ATM Manufacturers. As a result of a first Call for Expression of Interests launched in 2016, 18 ATM Manufacturers and some of their affiliated entities have been engaged in a close cooperation with the SDM.

To give other relevant ATM Manufacturers the opportunity to conclude a Cooperative Arrangement with the SDM, the SDM is now launching a new Call for Expression of Interests. The objectives of the cooperation are to ensure that:

  • the Deployment Programme and the relevant industrialisation processes are duly synchronised;
  • the priorities in the Deployment Programme are effectively communicated to the Manufacturing Industry;
  • the SDM is regularly informed by the Manufacturing Industry on the readiness of products that are required for ATM functionalities or sub-functionalities.

Eligibility Criteria

The Call for Expression of Interests is open to all industry manufacturers relevant to the production of ATM functionalities or sub-functionalities related technologies, as specified in the Deployment Programme (cf. below).

Interested industry manufacturers should be directly or indirectly involved in the production of technologies essential for the implementation of the SESAR Deployment Programme.

The industry manufacturers must be legal entities.

List of ATM functionalities and sub-functionalities

AF 1: extended AMAN and PBN in high density TMA

S-AF 1.1: Arrival Management Extended to en-route Airspace

S-AF 1.2: Enhanced TMA using RNP-Based Operations

AF 2: Airport Integration and Throughput

S-AF 2.1: DMAN synchronized with Pre-departure sequencing

S-AF 2.2: DMAN integrating Surface Management Constraints

S-AF 2.3: Time-Based Separation for Final Approach

S-AF 2.4: Automated Assistance to Controller for Surface Movement Planning and Routing

S-AF 2.5: Airport Safety Nets

AF 3: Flexible ASM and Free Route

S-AF 3.1: ASM and Advanced FUA

S-AF 3.2: Free Route

AF 4: Network Collaborative Management

S-AF 4.1: Enhanced STAM

S-AF 4.2: Collaborative NOP

S-AF 4.3: Calculated Take-off time to Target Times for ATFCM Purposes

S-AF 4.4: Automated Support for Traffic Complexity Assessment

AF 5: Initial SWIM

S-AF 5.1: Common Infrastructure Components

S-AF 5.2: SWIM Infrastructures and Profiles

S-AF 5.3: Aeronautical Information Exchange

S-AF 5.4: Meteorological Information Exchange

S-AF 5.5: Cooperative Network Information Exchange

S-AF 5.6: Flights Information Exchange

AF 6: Initial Trajectory Information Sharing

S-AF 6.1: Initial Trajectory Information Sharing

For more detailed information

Regulation (EU) No 409/2013 of 3 May 2013 (OJ L 123/1 of 4 May 2013)

SESAR Deployment Programme Edition 2015

SESAR Deployment Programme edition 2017 Proposal for update

Model of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

You can find the model of MoU that will be used to formalise the cooperation with the SDM at the following link: MoU SDM-Manufacturing Industry Call 2018

Please note that this model MoU is only indicative. The final MoU to be signed by your organisation will be formally communicated to you following the outcome of the Call.



More detailed information:

SDM contact details:

SESAR Deployment Manager

100, avenue de Cortenbergh

B – 1000 Brussels


+32 (0) 2 793 07 57


If your organisation is interested, the SDM invites you to express your interest by 12 April 2018 by sending us the filled in xls sheet: Expression of interest MI – Template to fill in  to the following email address:



Please note that this Call for Expression of Interest does not entitle any of the manufacturers to any consideration for the information submitted and/or rights or expectations from the SESAR Deployment Manager of the European Commission.

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