Showcase: Thales Navigation Aids to power major Iraqi Airport


In a global aviation news update, Thales is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to supply one Instrument landing system with distance measuring equipment (ILS/DME) and all related services for Najaf Al-Ashraf International Airport in Najaf during the ATC Global exhibition in Dubai.

The city of Najaf, situated in southern Iraq is the site of the Imam Ali Shrine and is an important religious destination, playing host to millions of pilgrims each year. Najaf Al-Ashraf airport has therefore been experiencing significant traffic growth in recent years, with many international airlines like Gulf Air and Turkish Airlines running regular services.

The contract signed between Thales and Najaf Al-Ashraf Airport Authority is part of the country’s continuing efforts to modernize current navigation and surveillance capabilities, ensuring a significant improvement of safety and efficiency. Thales has been a partner to Al-Najaf Airport Authority for more than eight years. With a base of over 7,000 units deployed worldwide, Thales is the world leader in the supply of Navaids.


(1) The Instrument Landing System increases safety and reliability and, as a result, enhances the efficiency of approach and landing procedures especially under poor weather and visibility conditions. ILS is a proven system with ICAO Annex 10 Cat. III performance which provides pilots with information to enable guidance during descent and with deviation information from a defined approach path down to and along the runway surface.

(2) The Distance Measuring Equipment system provides pilots with distance information between the aircraft and the location of the DME ground equipment. The system is used for both en-route and terminal area guidance. About Thales ATM The world’s largest footprint 340 TopSky ATM solutions, 7,000 Navaids, 680 radars, 1,800 ADS- B/MLAT stations, and over 16,000 controllers utilising Thales solutions. Two out of three aircraft take off, reach their destination and land thanks to Thales’s systems.

The world’s broadest product offering Leading the way in all modes of surveillance, and able to provide all technologies in the ATM market. In 2013 Thales reinforced its standing by acquiring the ITS business from Egis Avia, allowing the group to broaden our offer in the airport infrastructure market and on tools maximising data flow for airport operators, civil aviation authorities and carriers.

Leader in all 3 major initiatives for the restructuring of global ATM Number 1 industrial partner to SESAR, involved in NextGen and ICAO Block Upgrades, Thales fully integrates all of these evolutions in its product roadmap.

About Thales: Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.  More: wishes Thales the very best.

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