Tex ATC had previously fulfilled the Visual Control Room (VCR) at RAF Mildenhall and were approached to deliver a similar US military design for Bagram VCR in 2007.

Working in collaboration with the US Corps of Engineers and Contrack International, Tex ATC developed a 6 sided design for rapid deployment. Tex ATC co-ordinated between the UK, US and Afghanistan to deliver a fully integrated VCR solution.

The Tex ATC team assembling the air traffic control tower room at Bagram Airbase
Challenging conditions on site.
Tex ATC engineers discuss the air traffic control tower installation in Afghanistan
Erection of portal steel frame,

The VCR comprised a portal steel framework, based around 6 columns, and was designed to address the environmental and seismic criteria of the region without compromising field of view. The VCR has a usable floor area of 40sqm with glass designed to attenuate noise from the F-15 aircraft and A-10 Tank busters assigned to the airfield.

The low maintenance design of the Tex ATC VCR reduces upkeep tasks, enabling the client to focus upon the challenging operations inherent with this locality.

Incoming Taliban mortar shells were an extra hazard that Tex ATC employees had to contend with and were deployed in field conditions with the military engineers.

Fighter jet with the Tex ATC air traffic control tower in the background
The completed VCR, Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan.