Nov. '14CompletedJun. '22

Implementing Partners

Leader: Skeyes


  1. In the SESAR deployment context:

  • EU 409/2013 on the definition of common projects, the establishment of governance and the identification of incentives supporting the implementation of the European Air Traffic Management Master Plan

  • EU 716/2014 on the establishment of the Pilot Common Project supporting the implementation of the European Air Traffic Management Master Plan, making binding the implementation of six first ATM (Air Traffic Management) functionalities, constituting the first Common Project, referred to as the "Pilot Common Project". Among these 6 new ATM functionalities is the iSWIM (initial System Wide Information Management): ground-ground integration and aeronautical data management & sharing, which consists of a set of services that are delivered and consumed through an IP-based network by SWIM enabled systems, enabling significant benefits in terms of ANS (Air Navigation Service) productivity.

  • “Preliminary Deployment Programme” published by the Deployment Manager, in the Fast -Track FT 5.1.1 IP-based G/G (Ground/Ground) data communications network

  1. More specifically in the context of the Common Backbone Network Group (Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands), the RAPNET (Regional Aeronautical Packetswitched NETwork) is used for inter-ANSP connections (ANSP’s (Air Navigation Service Provider): ANA, Belgocontrol; LVNL, MUAC, DFS). RAPNET is currently used by these ANSP’s to connect to the PENS (Pan-European Network System). The evolution of this inter-ANSP network is based on MPLS (MultiProtocol Label Switching) networking technology. This RAPNET upgrade project is currently on going and managed by DFS under the name ‘RAPNET NG’ (NG for New Generation). It is planned to be finished in 2016.
    In order to remain interoperable with this RAPNET evolution, Belgocontrol also needs to implement a compatible networking infrastructure. This new networking infrastructure, that anyway is a prerequisite for possible direct future access to PENS, encompasses the MPLS WAN project.

  2. The specific goals of MPLS WAN project are:

  • to create a secure and performing IP-based Ground-Ground communication network (ref. Preliminary Deployment Programme FT 5.1.1). This network will be used by Belgocontrol for the transfer of both:
    o operational data : Radar, Voice, Meteo, Aeronautical and Flight Information,…
    o administrative data : LAN (applications) and Telephony,…

  • to share the different Belgocontrol applications on the network with a sufficiently secure separation to guarantee the required data integrity;

  • to implement an MPLS based Wide Area Network (WAN) that will replace the current (SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) based) based network.

Countries involved

Additional Information

  • Project Type: Air Navigation Service Provider
  • CEF Call Year: 2014
  • Civil/Military: Civil
  • Multistakeholder: No
  • Main AF: AF5 - Initial System Wide Information Management
  • Sub AF: S-AF 5.2 - SWIM Technical Infrastructure and Profiles
  • Progress Percentage: 83%