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Thales awarded contract for Canadian Forces Bases

Nov. 4, 2010, Ottawa - Thales has been awarded a contract by the Canadian Department of National Defence to supply and install four Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) at Canadian Air Force bases in Trenton, Bagotville and Comox.

November 4, 2010  By Carey Fredericks

The contract also has options to replace legacy Instrument Landing Systems at other Canadian Air Force bases across the country.

“We are delighted that the Department of National Defence has selected Thales’ ILS 420 system and appreciate the confidence that the government continues to demonstrate in Thales’ ability to deliver and support high-technology solutions to their exacting needs,“ said Paul Kahn, Thales Canada President and CEO. “With these new mission-critical systems, the Canadian air force will be able to improve the operational flexibility, safety and reliability of flight operations, added Dave Spagnolo, VP of Thales Canada, Defence and Security.

The ILS 420 Instrument Landing System is an indispensible aid to approach and landing. The system provides pilots with reliable and accurate landing information particularly in reduced visibility conditions. Thales’s ILS is highly adaptable, offering many configuration options that can be combined to suit requirements from Category I to Category III applications. Electronic equipment options range from single equipment single frequency to dual equipment dual frequency operation. There are more than 800 of Thales’s 420 ILS systems installed worldwide. The ILS 420 is the latest generation of Thales’s technology
based on 70 years of experience.

To implement this contract, Thales Canada will be supported by Thales’s Air Traffic Management business unit in Shawnee, Kansas. This business designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of air traffic management equipment including air traffic control centres, radars, VOR/DME and ADS-B, multilateration and airport surface movements detection systems. Thales is the world market leader in Instrument Landing Systems.



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