In-Flight Entertainment 

  • Thales has been selected by South African Airways as the In-Flight Entertainment Systems provider for the airline’s six new Airbus A330 aircraft. Installed at every seat, the TopSeries IFE system will enable passengers to enjoy the experience of accessing a wide range of audio and video on-demand entertainment and information using a touch screen display.

Surveillance, Navigational and Automation


Thales is supporting the country’s continuing efforts to modernise navigation and surveillance capabilities, ensuring a significant improvement to safety and efficiency. Thales has and will always be instrumental in the transfer of technology within the aviation industry in general in compliance with the country’s local transformative objectives.
Thales supplies and supports Air Traffic Management Systems, CNS equipment and Navaids to air traffic navigation authorities.
  • Thales is the main supplier of state-of-the-Art Primary and Secondary Radars in South Africa (Star2000, StarNG- Next generation, RSM970i). This technology acquisition allows the deployment of truly future proofed technologies capable of not only dealing with the issues and challenges of Africa today, but also capable of growing and adapting as the airspace becomes more complex. These projects aim to enhance the Air Traffic Control services by improving the surveillance coverage and services within the airspace. Customer benefits from a truly future proof technology that will adapt with the airspace requirements.
  • In 2013, Thales undertook to replace the legacy ATNS ATM system with the Thales TopSky-ATC and to install the newest Thales 970s Radars at the Wakkerstroom, Potgieterus and Rhodes sites. The contract also provides for a support and maintenance agreement for all existing ATNS radar sensors and TopSky-ATC systems. This technology acquisition allows the deployment of truly future proofed technologies capable of not only dealing with the issues and challenges of Africa today, but also capable of growing and adapting as the airspace becomes more complex.
  • In March 2016, Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Limited (ATNS) has selected Thales to supply, install and commission Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) surveillance, Primary and Secondary Surveillance Radars, and Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) technology to a number of its sites. Together, these technologies improve capabilities of offering airlines RNAV routes for faster and shorter trajectories, lower fuel consumption, reduced carbon emissions, and long term support and maintenance agreement.

Key Figures

We deliver
80%
of South African Air Traffic and Navigational services systems