Air Force asks Thales to build six more deployable air traffic control systems for unimproved locations

Thales D-ILS helps fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters land in low visibility with guidance based on the aircraft's glide path to its touchdown point, writes John Keller for Military & Aerospace Electronics.

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HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Military air traffic control experts at The Thales Group Air Traffic Management segment in Clarksburg, Md., will build six additional deployable instrumental landing systems for the U.S. Air Force under terms of a $21.8 million order announced Wednesday, writes John Keller for Military & Aerospace ElectronicsContinue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

September 19, 2019-Air Force air traffic control experts used the original two D-ILS prototypes to evaluate a fixed-base instrument landing system at tactical airfields and at airfields where permanent ILS capability has been disrupted by events such as natural disaster or humanitarian relief efforts. While a fixed-base ILS is large and requires several aircraft to deliver all the equipment, the deployable ILS will fit onto one C-130 aircraft, Air Force officials say.

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