Arlington, VA – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) announced that it has awarded a technical assistance grant to the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation (VATM) to help enhance and upgrade air traffic management in Vietnamese airspace. USTDA’s assistance will be performed by Virginia-based MITRE Corporation. The grant agreement was signed during President Biden’s trip to Vietnam in support of the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
“As its air traffic continues to grow, Vietnam intends to invest in updated systems to ensure the safe, efficient flow of airplanes,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Director. “Our partnership with VATM will support Vietnam’s goals to deliver the highest quality air traffic management services for the flying public, while creating opportunities for U.S. firms to supply the necessary technologies.”
Vietnam’s narrow airspace and high-traffic location in Southeast Asia create challenges for managing flight transitions with adjacent flight regions. To address these challenges, USTDA’s assistance will help optimize the harmonization of Vietnam’s air traffic management and air traffic flow management systems. This will facilitate Vietnam’s management of increased air traffic while increasing safety, efficiency, and capacity for the country’s airlines, airports, and airspace.
USTDA’s support for this project advances the goals of the U.S.-Southeast Asia and Pacific Aviation Cooperation Program, a public-private partnership that works with stakeholders in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands to design programs that promote technical, policy, and commercial cooperation in civil aviation.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.
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