For more than 85 years, Thales has supplied Air Traffic Management solutions to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense, and directly to airports. Through innovation and customer partnership, our solutions now span navigation, surveillance, and automation, helping the aviation community meet their needs for increased safety, capacity and efficiency. Further, Thales plays a key role in supporting NextGen programs through the supply of ADS-B, navigation, and surveillance infrastructure solutions. Thales is leveraging innovations in traditional ATM technologies to supply solutions that increase efficiencies in air traffic flow management (ATFM) and provide notification and authorization services enabling unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations to occur in the NAS. 


Thales is the world leader in ground-based conventional and satellite air navigation equipment. In the U.S., Thales supplies more than 99% of the Instrument Landing Systems (ILS). Additionally, the FAA’s entire VHF Omni Directional Radio Range (VOR) network together with over half of the Distance Measure Equipment (DME) technology have been provided and continue to be supported by Thales.


Thales has developed surveillance technology to assist airports with their surface and terminal area surveillance needs.  The FAA’s nationwide NextGen Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) program is driven by Thales ADS-B radios – the first global positioning system surveillance in the U.S. Additionally, the program leverages Thales’ multi-sensor tracker for reliable fusion of radar and ADS-B targets.

UAS Traffic Management (UTM)

Thales leverages its cloud-hosted decision support capability, ECOsystem, to provide low altitude airspace management and decision support tools that will enable small UAS (sUAS) operations.  Thales is actively supporting the FAA on the development of a Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), the Griffiss International Airport Test Site which is conducting sUAS integration activities, and is actively working to craft public policy around drone integration into the National Airspace System.


Thales offers a broad range of mission-critical automation solutions for civil and military applications. From electronic flight strips to integrated arrival departure management tools and air traffic flow management applications, Thales has a solution that addresses traditional facility deployments and emerging remote tower applications. As part of our engagement in NextGen, Thales provides expertise and engineering services to the FAA under the Data Comm Integrated Services (DCIS) program to implement data link capabilities in our National Airspace System. DCIS sends electronic messages to the cockpit replacing voice transmissions with digital for more accurate and effective communication between air traffic controllers and pilots.
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