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From take-off to landing, Thales offers the most complete range of solutions to address all Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) needs to provide dynamic Air traffic Control (ATC) to support today’s growing domestic and international  travel requirements.

Thales Air Traffic Management Systems are highly adaptable and designed to support both current and future civil and military air traffic management needs. 

In Australia, we provide our customers with the most adapted CNS/ATM solution, offering them a unique global ATM capability.

In 1994 Airservices Australia, responsible for Australia’s sovereign airspace, awarded Thales a contract to develop the Australian Advanced Air Traffic control System (TAAATS). 

TAAATS was successfully delivered to Airservices Australia in 1997 and has been progressively updated to reflect changing technologies and requirements and as such is one of the world’s most advanced Air Traffic Management systems. 

The Melbourne Centre of Excellence for Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems exports TopSky systems throughout Asia-Pacific region and beyond to Africa and Middle East. With 80% of revenue generated through exports, Thales Australia is a major Australian exporter with cumulative exports nearing A$1 billion since 1995.

Thales Australia will utilise this experience and knowledge to deliver a harmonised Civil Military Air Traffic Management System (OneSky) in Australia, to Airservices Australia and the RAAF.

Investment in Australia

Thales Air Operations exports have totalled AUD1B+ in the last 10 years.
Australia’s economy and national development demand that Australia continues to build its skills in IT and successfully compete its products and services on the world stage. 

Thales has invested in the development of software products and services in Melbourne that have been successfully exported worldwide. We remain dedicated to growing our Australian operations and engineering workforce as well as to continuing our significant contribution to the Australian economy. 

Our Australian Graduate program assists with the development of the new generation of skilled people who will deliver the services necessary to supporting the future growth of the Australian based Aviation sector.

The Australian technical and industrial skills support global ATM systems.

In Asia Pacific

By the end of 1997, Thales had successfully completed the Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS) for Airservices Australia and has been exporting the TopSky systems through the Asia Pacific region and beyond to Africa and the Middle East.
Thales TopSky solutions including Radars and Navaids are deployed in nearly all countries in Asia Pacific. Key customers utilising ATM systems in Asia Pacific include, but not limited to Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, French Polynesia, Philippines, China, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. 

With dedicated offices in Singapore and Beijing, and associated Thales offices in most capital cities throughout the region, Thales has been delivering equipment and support to Asia-Pacific over 40 years.



3 Labs worldwide, in Australia (CASIA), France (SkyCentre), and the US (NextGen Innovation Lab) have been created to reinforce research collaboration between universities, public research laboratories and leading industry players. These labs put forward innovative solutions to make air travel safer, more efficient and greener, while delivering a host of other benefits to local and international Air Navigation Service Providers.


Inaugurated in March 2011 in Melbourne, Australia, CASIA is the latest of Thales’s innovation labs. This 400m², futuristic-looking creative workspace is dedicated to ATM and ATFM research focused on Asia Pacific.

It hosts demonstrations of the latest products and prototypes, as well as “traditional” R&D activities, such as new technologies integration or external systems interfacing.

Click here to visit the CASIA website.


The Thales ATM NextGen Innovation lab was established in 2010 to address future concepts and initiatives specific to the U.S. FAA. In addition to providing a dedicated demonstration site for customers and industry partners, the facility provides Thales ATM engineers with an environment to conduct rapid prototyping activities and develop and test new concepts in the areas of data communications, automation and integrated air traffic tower applications.

At the facility, Thales ATM partners with industry in developing sustainable technology solutions for NextGen programs.


Reinforcing the collaboration between research and customer needs since April 2009, a core team imagines and probes ATM innovative ideas jointly with technical, marketing, and communication teams for our European and global customers. 

Our Products

Thales's comprehensive portfolio includes civil and military air traffic management systems for the large medium or small control centres, surveillance systems, communications systems and navigation aids to ensure a seamlesss gate-to-gate coverage, from departure to arrival. 



Our ATM offering is a component-based solution ready to integrate the latest technological developments from SESAR & Next Gen, and designed to address all customer needs. TopSky - ATM Solutions are based on a robust product strategy for the next 10 years and beyond, and comply with the ICAO Aviation system Block Upgrades roadmaps and key standards. As world leading solutions, they are mature, safe and reliable.


TopSky - ATC is the new generation of automation with the largest installed base, featuring the most innovative HMI and controller tools. TopSky - ATC supports the advanced SESAR and NextGen developments, complies with ICAO’s Aviation System block Upgrades, and incorporates leading technology breakthroughs.
TopSky - Tower is the new Integrated Tower Solution meeting civil and military Tower ATC, for surface management and incorporating tower automation. Fully integrated ATC tower system provides complete surveillance and monitoring of aircraft and vehicles. TopSky - Tower supports the advanced SESAR and NextGen developments, complies with ICAO’s Aviation System block Upgrades, and incorporates leading technology breakthroughs.


TopSky - ATFM is the new collaborative Air Traffic Flow Management solution, featuring the most innovative HMI which optimizes the use of available airspace and airport resources and enables both economic and environmental benefits. TopSky - ATFM supports the advanced SESAR and NextGen developments, complies with ICAO’s Aviation System block Upgrades, and incorporates leading technology breakthroughs.


TopSky - Simulation is an advanced stimulator for Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems facilitating training-delivery productivity, operational-training fidelity, ATC system software maintenance and trainee-throughput.