For more than 80 years, Thales has been a major supplier of ATM solutions for 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 NextGen supplying navigation and surveillance infrastructures, as well as ADS-B technology, data communication platforms and tower automation for transformational programs such as FAA ADS-B, Data Comm and Terminal Flight Data Manager. 


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.


Thales offers a broad range of proven automation solutions, from electronic flight strips to integrated arrival departure management tools – core capabilities for a Terminal Flight Data Manager platform. Thales provides expertise and engineering services for the FAA under the Data Comm Integrated Services (DCIS) contract to modernize data link capabilities in our National Airspace System. Further, DCIS is powered by the Thales automation platform – replacing voice transmissions with digital for more accurate and effective communication between air traffic controllers and pilots.  
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