Philip Smart | Avalon Airshow
Thales will work with Airservices Australia and the Department of Defence to integrate Australia’s civil and military air traffic in to one system, after being announced as successful bidder on the OneSKY program at the Avalon Airshow.
Thales has entered into an Advanced Work contract arrangement which is the critical initial step for the delivery of the OneSKY program, designed to coordinate both military and civil air traffic control across Australia and manage a predicted 50% increase in air traffic volume across the life of the project.
“This is an essential first step for the delivery of an important piece of national infrastructure that will ensure the continued safe and efficient management of our skies,” said Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins.
“Thales has worked closely with Airservices over many years in delivering the current system, but as that reaches the end of its operational lifecycle we will use our experience to implement new technologies that will make life easier for air traffic controllers and airline operators.”
“We are also excited to be working with Defence towards delivering a truly efficient integrated air traffic management system for all Australian airspace users – everyone from fighter pilots to the weekly commuter.”
Thales Australia has worked with partners Frequentis and Boeing Defence to ensure the offered system is compatible with both civil and military needs and local conditions.