FAA to take up to 300 ILS installations from Thales

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US FAA air traffic management representatives have reaffirmed the agency’s connection with French firm Thales through an agreement to provide up to 300 instrument landing systems (ILS).

Under the deal, which could be worth up to $60 million, Thales will supply Category I, II and III ILS equipment to the FAA over a six-year period.

Thales will provide its ILS 420 system to the US agency. It has already provided this equipment to other air navigation authorities including Austria’s Austro Control, Germany’s DFS and the French STNA.

Ten years of engineering support, installation and training are also covered by the agreement.

The FAA presently uses Thales’ Mark 20A ILS, the supply contract for which it awarded to Thales five years ago.

Thales has been the FAA’s primary supplier of ILS equipment for 40 years, sourcing the systems through US-based Wilcox before it became part of Thales forerunner Airsys ATM.