The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded a contract to Thales for the delivery of deployable instrument landing systems (D-ILS).
The D-ILS is designed to provide the equivalent of fixed-based ILS capability at tactical airfields and environmentally diverse regions.
Thales USA president and CEO Alan Pellegrini said: "With Thales D-ILS, the US Air Force will receive an easily supportable, adaptable and resilient precision approach capability that all joint, coalition and civil ILS-equipped aircraft will be able to use worldwide."
The USAF will be able to use the system in airfield environments where the ability to deliver precision guidance to aircraft on final approach during low visibility or low-ceiling weather condition.
It will offer better reliability, maintainability and supportability over legacy deployable precision approach radar systems.
Moreover, it features the capability to quickly set-up, activate, break-down and relocate.
The solution is a COTS system based on the Thales ILS 420, which is a fixed-based, dual frequency ILS, the company stated.
Under the contract, Thales will be also responsible for the delivery of two production representative units (PRUs).
In addition, it covers technical orders and provisional technical documentation, training development and conduct, system analysis, architecture and engineering, and contractor support.
The USAF is currently planning to acquire up to 38 D-ILS over the coming years.
In June, Thales secured an order to deliver more I-Master synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and ground moving target indicator (GMTI) radars for the Royal Jordanian Air Force.
Image: Thales’ D-ILS offers provide the equivalent of fixed-based Instrument Landing System capability at tactical airfields. Photo: courtesy of Thales Group.