Dar es Salaam.
President John Magifuli has today said the country's air space is now 100 per cent secure after having acquired four radars that will increase safety and security of the country.
He said initially the country had one radar which had a surveillance capacity of 25 per cent leaving the rest of the country unsecured.
President Magufuli said this when he simultaneously launched two new radar systems in Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro for controlling Air Traffic, today September 16.
According to him, the radar will enable the country to increase safety and security but also revenues as well as improve aviation services
"This project will attract more aviation companies to use our space and therefore increase revenues," he said.
In another development he praised Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) director general, Hamza Johari for a good performance that has only cost the country a Sh67.3 billion for the purchase of four radars compared to what was spent on a single radar in the past.
"I am extremely proud of him, when he came into office he found them collecting Sh40 billion revenues but this has since increased to Sh71 billion but with the new radar we envision it will increase to Sh82 billion," he said.
He noted that both Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro radars are both 100 per cent completed and operational.
Meanwhile TCAA DG said the country has purchased four radars that have been installed in Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza and Songwe.
He noted that the installation in Dar es Salaam and Kilimanajro have been completed while the one in Mwanza is at 90 per cent and Songwe now at 40 per cent.