Thales’ new multimode receiver (MMR) has been selected to equip the Airbus A400M next-generation military transport aircraft.
The contract encompasses the 180 aircraft in the A400M programme ordered by the Organisation for Joint Armaments Cooperation OCCAR. The first flight is planned for late 2007, with series deliveries over a ten-year period between late 2009 and 2020.
The Thales multimode receiver (MMR) will provide crews with an all-weather landing guidance capability compatible with all ground guidance systems. The MMR incorporates several navigational and landing functions (ILS, MLS, GBAS, FLS and GPS, as well as WAAS and EGNOS capabilities – see notes at bottom). This radio-navigation system, suitable for all mission types and all runways, is an indispensable tool for military pilots.
The system will take part in operational qualification of the A400M, and is based on a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution in series production for over ten years. Compliant with the latest civil standards, the MMR is perfectly suited to the A400M’s functional and operational environment.
The contract award highlights the aircraft manufacturer’s confidence in Thales’ high performance systems . This success further consolidates Thales’ global leadership in air navigation and illustrates the Group’s ability to develop and deliver solutions that contribute to the security of both civil and military aircraft.
To date, Thales has delivered more than 3,000 multimode receivers, over 1,300 TACAN systems and 40,000 altimeters for commercial and military aircraft
ILS: Instrument Landing System
MLS: Microwave Landing System/Microwave Landing System computed centreline
GBAS: Ground-Based Augmentation System
FLS: FMS Landing System
GPS: Global Positioning System
WAAS: Wide Area Augmentation System
EGNOS: European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, serving defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide, supported by a comprehensive services offering. The group’s civil and military businesses develop in parallel to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. Leveraging a global network of high-level researchers, Thales offers a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy critical information systems. Thales employs 60,000 people in 50 countries and generated revenues of EUR 10.3 billion in 2005, with a record order book of over EUR 20 billion.