In October 2020 the Civil Aviation Authority of Colombia – Aeronautica Civil – announced a tender for a secondary surveillance radar (SSR) for a small airport in Araracuara. Only two companies submitted their bids: the Spanish radar producer INDRA and the Czech company ELDIS Pardubice, s.r.o. Before the end of the year 2020, ELDIS won the above mentioned tender. By winning this tender we got not only a significant reference contract, but also access to the market that has been dominated by our great competitor.
Amazon Rain Forest on the riverbank of one of Amazon tributaries after which this administrative area was named. Araracuara is a former penal colony where the most dangerous criminals used to be sent. Thanks to its geographic location and large distances between cities which are often found on riverbanks inside the dense rainforest, Colombia must rely on inland air transport, be it transport of people or goods. The airport in Araracuara has an unsurfaced runway and flights are secured mainly by C-130 Hercules and AN-26 airplanes which are adjusted to take off and land on unsurfaced runways. These conditions make the installation of our radar a true challenge as to the assembly alone, but also for related logistics. Fortunately, ELDIS has gained rich experience and faced similar circumstances, for instance, in Southeast Asia.
“The Colombia contract opens doors to the markets in Southern America and Africa. We have already been active on both these markets, but so far the main players and our competitors have been from France and Spain. To get a contract and another reference on those markets is result of two years’ efforts of our Commercial Department in this region,” says Aleš Jedlička, Director of ELDIS Pardubice, s.r.o..