Slew of of­fer­ings from Thales


[ By R. Chan­drakanth in Paris ]

French aerospace and de­fence ma­jor Thales used its home turf to great ad­van­tage dis­play­ing a host of prod­ucts and so­lu­tions, both for the mil­i­tary and civil mar­kets. Thales be­gan with a bang at the Paris Air Show, un­veil­ing STAR NG, a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new-gen­er­a­tion air traf­fic con­trol (ATC) radar. STAR NG is an S-Band pri­mary sur­veil­lance radar (PSR) which can per­form all the op­er­a­tional pri­mary sur­veil­lance re­quire­ments of both civil and mil­i­tary air traf­fic con­trol. The tech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs de­vel­oped for the STAR NG al­low the radar to ad­dress some of the key chal­lenges of the in­dus­try. Most no­tably the sys­tem pro­vides in­creased mit­i­ga­tion of wind­farms, as well dras­ti­cally re­duc­ing the im­pact on op­er­a­tional per­for­mance caused by the noise of 4G net­works.

Thales had some wins with re­gard to its Avant in-flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem. On day one, Kuwait Air­ways new­est fleet of A330200 will be fit­ted with Avant. The pro­gramme is part of a to­tal or­der of five A330-200. Sim­i­larly, Oman Air and Air Caraibes an­nounced that they had se­lected Avant for their air­craft. Oman Air or­der cov­ers 16 B737, 3 A330s and 6 B787, while Air Caraibes, which is the launch cus­tomer in France for A350 XWB, is in­stalling Avant on six of the new fleet.

Pas­sen­gers will have ac­cess to a wide se­lec­tion of on-de­mand en­ter­tain­ment and the latest gen­er­a­tion of ap­pli­ca­tions on the mar­ket in­clud­ing the Thales ac­claimed 3D Maps.

Elec­tronic Flight Bag

Thales launched a new gen­er­a­tion TopWings Elec­tronic Flight Bag (EFB) soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tion suite de­signed by pilots for pilots. This rev­o­lu­tion­ary prod­uct will be de­signed in co­op­er­a­tion with IT ex­perts and pilots from Air France and nu­mer­ous other air­lines to gather their in­sights and un­der­stand their op­er­a­tional needs. Air France has an­nounced its in­ten­tion to co­op­er­ate with Thales on the de­vel­op­ment of this so­lu­tion. The air­line in­tends to equip its en­tire fleet with this new EFB soft­ware so­lu­tion. Other air­lines of the Air France-KLM group have ex­pressed their in­ter­est for the TopWings so­lu­tion.

“We have de­signed an air­craft-ag­nos­tic EFB sys­tem that not only can be fully in­te­grated across the fleet and con­nected to the ground but also plays the role of a dig­i­tal as­sis­tant to the pi­lot. We are de­lighted to work with the group Air France-KLM on this pro­ject.” Daniel Malka, Thales Vice Pres­i­dent, Avionics Ser­vices.

Mil­i­tary Wins

On the mil­i­tary side, Thales had wins for its I-Master SAR/GMTI radars from the Royal Jor­da­nian Air Force. The se­lec­tion fol­lows the suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery and in­stal­la­tion of the radar onto their Royal Jor­da­nian Air Force AC-235 air­craft in 2014.

Thales and Tex­tron AirLand an­nounced that they have suc­cess­fully jointly in­te­grated Thales’ I-Master radar on to Tex­tron AirLand’s Scorpion Jet(tm). The ad­di­tion of the radar into the Scorpion’s mis­sion sys­tem com­ple­ments the in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance (ISR) sen­sor suite which al­ready in­cludes a high-end EO/ IR ca­pa­bil­ity.

Joins Forces with DCI

Thales and DCI have joined forces to de­liver high-level train­ing in elec­tronic war­fare (EW). Through this part­ner­ship, the two com­pa­nies will com­bine their skills and of­fer com­pre­hen­sive and in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to even bet­ter meet the needs and ex­pec­ta­tions of mil­i­tary cus­tomers around the world.

They have de­vel­oped a cat­a­logue of com­mon train­ing mod­ules fo­cus­ing on the var­i­ous as­pects of EW to­day. Thales will con­trib­ute its tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise. The com­pany de­vel­ops, de­liv­ers and sup­ports state-of-the-art EW sys­tems for more than 50 coun­tries. It also de­signs EW sim­u­la­tors and pro­vides train­ing in the use and main­te­nance of these sys­tems world­wide.

Merry Michaux, Vice Pres­i­dent for Thales’s mil­i­tary aerospace sup­port and ser­vices busi­ness, said: “Our com­ple­men­tary skills and flex­i­ble ap­proach will en­sure our cus­tomers ben­e­fit from real tech­ni­cal and op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency as they seek to max­imise their elec­tronic war­fare ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Thales’s pres­ence in 56 coun­tries and close work­ing re­la­tions with op­er­a­tional armed forces per­son­nel will fur­ther ex­tend the part­ner­ship’s in­ter­na­tional reach to bet­ter serve cus­tomers and meet their spe­cific na­tional re­quire­ments.”

New-gen­er­a­tion TopWings Elec­tronic Flight Bag

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