Norwegian company Kongsberg, which specialises in supplying defence and aerospace-related systems, has agreed with Avinor to supply its digital towers to seven airports in Norway.

The towers are expected to be operational from 2027 with the new regional airports benefitting from the technology including: Båtsfjord, Vadsø, Sørkjosen, Sandane, Mosjøen, Ørsta Volda and the new airport in Mo i Rana. An eighth airport installation to the new Bodo Airport, which will be operational in 2029, is also part of the agreement.

The installations include sensors and other technical infrastructure that make it possible to remotely operate air traffic tower service from Avinor’s operations centre in Bodo, northern Norway. The Remote Tower Center in Bodo currently remotely operates 11 towers that are located across Norway. In March 2025, the last towers in the first phase of the Remote Towers (RT) programme will be commissioned, making it a total of 15.

This latest development is part of an agreement that Avinor entered into with Kongsberg in 2015 to develop remotely controlled tower solutions for the smaller airports in Norway. By 2027, a total of 21 towers are planned to be operational in Avinor’s Remote Tower Center in Bodo.

Image: Supplied by Avinor

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