Operating a control tower is expensive. For smaller airports in particular, this can be a financial burden. This is why Rheinmetall, acting in cooperation with the German Air Traffic Control Authority and Frequentis, developed a system that enables remote monitoring and control of several regional airports from a central location.
It proved to be an unusual test drive. For one thing, it didn’t take place on asphalt, but instead in a forest deeply furrowed by tank tracks – the tough terrain of Rheinmetall’s proving ground on the Lueneburg Heath in Lower Saxony, Germany. Here, in an expanse of territory measuring some 50 square kilometers, the Group possesses full range possibilities for testing its systems. Even in the easier stretches, a normal car could never hope to make it through. But the vehicle being tested was no ordinary one.