Discover the Path to Performance
Indra Navia sets the standard for lifetime value in communication, navigation and tower solutions for the world’s leading airports and air navigation service providers. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Indra Sistemas, we are able to offer you a complete, customized portfolio of integrated air traffic management and airport solutions.
Our ongoing experience with over 1,200 diverse customers gives us the operational and technical expertise to continuously adapt and enhance our offerings based on your needs. With a flexible approach, we can deliver you highly customized solutions.
Strict quality standards are met at every stage of the value chain, from initial design to manufacturing and distribution, ensuring that our solutions offer the industry’s most tried, tested and proven performance.
Indra Navia’s solutions are used on every continent, including major hubs such as London’s Heathrow and Gatwick, Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly, Switzerland’s Zurich and Geneva, Toronto, Dubai International Airport, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Seoul
Indra Navia is based in Oslo and Horten, Norway, with sales offices in France, China, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates.
Indra Navia’s subsidiary, Normeka AS, is a mechanical manufacturing facility specializing in the manufacture of aluminium products. Along with Normeka’s own AmpliSafe® frangible masts and AmpliForm® aluminum-mesh products, the company manufactures antennas for the NORMARC product line.
At the Forefront of Innovation
We invest significant time into technological development and participate actively in Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR). We facilitate the modernization of air traffic management capabilities and ensure that our technology is state-of-the-art.
Compliance with ISO9001 reflects our high quality management system, placing the customer first at all times.
Indra Navia’s history stretches back over 100 years, throughout all this time the organization has specialized in delivering value through systems to both the aviation industry and other transport sectors.
GAREX has been synonymous with user-friendliness, flexibility, and reliability ever since the Norwegian communications-industry pioneer Gustav A. Ring started designing and developing the first semi-automatic voice communication control systems in the early 1960s.
Developed in close cooperation with the Norwegian Armed forces, GAREX-1-2 was delivered to the Royal Norwegian Air Force and installed at all the NATO air bases in Northern Norway in the mid 1960s.
In recognition of the almost unheard-of flexibility and efficiency provided to the military air traffic controllers by GAREX, the Norwegian CAA commissioned a civilian version resulting in first deliveries of the GAREX 5 system in 1969.
The GAREX 14 system, developed in 1976, was a new milestone in voice communication switching systems for air traffic control featuring a fully redundant centralized computer control. The first delivery was to Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the system is still in operation today at many international airports worldwide - a true testament to its reliability.
GAREX 1400, a powerful voice communication control system for large centers using dual mini-computer central control was introduced in 1983.
The transition to distributed microprocessor control was completed in 1988 with the entry of GAREX 210 VCCS in the world market. The GAREX 210 VCCS has a modular dual-bus architecture design that provides unique flexibility in terms of configuration changes and expansions. GAREX 210 VCCS is in use at more than 60 airports and ATC centers worldwide.
GAREX was merged with Seatex in 1995 to form the nucleus of the Navia Group.
The GAREX 210 Digital VCCS saw the light of day in 1993, adding digital switching capability to the feature-rich software functionality of the GAREX 210 VCCS. The first GAREX 210 Digital System was installed in the new Oslo ACC at Røyken in Norway.
GAREX went fully digital in 1995 with the introduction of GAREX 220 VCCS, which combines an optimized digital hardware architecture and well-proven software functionality to create a system that is uniquely reliable, efficient and feature-rich and that truly puts all communications media at the controller’s fingertips. GAREX 220 VCCS is fully configurable to meet the requirements of airports and ACC centers of all sizes and complexity.
Around 450 GAREX systems are installed around the world, including major airports and ATC centers such as: Beijing’s Capital Airport, Singapore’s LORADS, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport, Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport and in 13 EUROCONTROL-member countries.
NORMARC’s long history began in 1918 with the foundation of Norsk Marconikompani AS. The company was the first in Norway to take advantage of the new radio technology based on the discoveries of Guglielmo Marconi. Indeed, Marconi was a member of the Board of Directors of Norsk Marconikompani from its beginning until his death in 1937.
Norsk Marconikompani performed the first radio-telephone conversation in Norway, between stations installed in Oslo and Horten. Quite coincidentally, as 80+ years later Indra Navia is based in the same two locations on the Oslo Fjord.
In 1922 the company delivered its first radio transmitter to a Norwegian ship and continued in this field until in the 1970s the company also began to deliver radio systems to oil platforms in the North Sea.
Production of maritime and oil platform radio systems was discontinued in 1983, after over 500 systems had been delivered.
In 1965, the Norwegian CAA tasked Trondheim University with the development of an ILS system specially designed for the Norwegian climate and geographical conditions.
Production of the Norwegian ILS based on the results of this project was started up in 1972 by NERA AS in Oslo.
In 1979 the company, having by this time changed its name to Norsk Marconi AS, took over the ILS business from NERA, and undertook a major improvement and development program for the ILS, resulting in the launching of the NORMARC 3500 product in 1984.
After a management buyout in 1987, Norsk Marconi AS changed its name once again, to Normarc AS.
The 4th generation NORMARC 7000 ILS was an immediate success on the world market after being launched in 1995 and has grown since then to be the worldâs leading ILS, accounting for well over 50% of the world market outside USA. Indeed, almost 100 NORMARC ILS systems had been installed in China alone!
Anticipating a growing interest in the use of satellite navigation systems for landing guidance, Indra Navia embarked on development of the NORMARC 8000 Ground Based Augmentation System for GNSS in 1996.
This development has been carried out in close cooperation with the Norwegian CAA and the US FAA, and will shortly result in a SCAT-I satellite landing system with the safety, integrity and ease-of-ownership which has long been the hallmark of NORMARC.
History: Surveillance (now Tower Systems)
Indra Navia’s NOVA activities evolved from the Norwegian Atomic Research Institute’s industrial arm, Noratom AS, which was started in 1957 to deliver atomic reactors for energy production. With Norway’s abundant hydro-electric resources, this aim was never fulfilled, but Noratom eventually grew into the highly successful ship’s automation specialists, Norcontrol AS, based in Horten, Norway.
The world’s first computer-based machine room monitoring and ships navigation system was installed on board a Norwegian ship by Norcontrol in 1969.
Norcontrol began developing maritime surveillance systems on receipt of an order for Teeside harbour for a Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) in 1978.
The Norcontrol activities were split into separate companies in 1985, with VTMS activities being organized in Norcontrol Surveillance Systems AS (NCSS), which later became Kongsberg Norcontrol Systems AS.
The Air Traffic Control Group of Kongsberg Norcontrol Systems was formed in 1989 to apply the radar processing and display technologies that had been developed in connection with vessel traffic management to air traffic control.
National Air Traffic Services (NATS) in the UK awarded the first contract for a NOVA system to the ATC Group in 1990: a Tracking and Labelling Demonstrator for ground control application at London Heathrow Airport. Being satisfied with this demonstrator system, the organization has implemented NOVA systems for approach, tower and ground control at 14 locations in the UK.
The world’s first operational Surface Movement Radar System with tracking and labelling, a NOVA 9004 system, was delivered to Oslo Fornebu Airport by the ATC Group in 1992. Deliveries of NOVA 9002 Approach Radar Control Display Systems began at the same time.
The ATC Group joined Navia Aviation in 1997, forming a center of competence dedicated to providing air traffic controllers with the tools needed to make flight operations safe and dependable. This center of competence continues today as Indra Navia AS.
NOVA engineers have been active in the EUROCAE WG 41 since 1994, involved in producing the Minimum Aviation System Performance Specification for Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems.
NOVA 9000 systems for A-SMGCS have been delivered to some of the world’s largest and busiest airports – including Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson, Sydney’s Kingsford Smith, London’s Gatwick, London’s Heathrow, in addition to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul Incheon and Athens.