The U.S. Air Force (USAF) awarded Thales Group a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to provide the Saudi Arabia National Guard with navigation aids (navaids) and air traffic control tower equipment. The technology will support visual and instrument flight rules for fixed and rotary wing aircraft at two new Saudi Arabian airfields – Khashm al-An Airfield, east of Riyadh, and Dirab Airfield, southwest of Riyadh.
Khashm al-An Airfield, which is still under construction, will feature a 2,000 meter paved runway and taxiway for fixed-wing aircraft. Construction on Dirab Airfield has not yet begun; the Airfield will accommodate both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Once operational, these airfields will house the Saudi National Guard’s aircraft.
Thales Group has also won a contract to supply the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with an initial five Instrument Landing Systems model 420 (ILS420s) for deployment throughout the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). This order is the first procurement in a five-year contract.
Currently, the Thales MK20A ILS is the backbone of the U.S. National Airspace System’s precision navigation capability. More than 2,500 Thales navaids are operating in the U.S., enabling flight operations in the NAS and paving the way to NextGen.
For more than 70 years, Thales has partnered with defense and civil aviation to provide reliable, high accuracy air traffic management (ATM) technology needed for public protection and safety. The technology being deployed at these airfields is certified to meet all the international standards, supporting the safe operation of both facilities.
Thales continued status of trusted provider of ATM technology for both civilian and military airspace has earned them recognition as a FedPulse Winning Contractor.