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).
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.
years of engineering support, installation and training are also covered by 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.