Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS), the German Air Navigation Service Provider, has awarded Thales a contract for the delivery, installation, training and commissioning of the PAM-FRA (Precision Approach Monitoring Frankfurt air space) system, the first operational wide area multilateration (WAM) system in Germany.
Thales will provide a surveillance system that is fully compliant to DFS requirements and international safety standards. It will control one of the most sophisticated and busiest airspaces in Europe and the world, an area covering 125 by 80 nautical miles. Around the Frankfurt airport, it will be possible to fix on a target as low as 500 feet above the ground. Over a wider area, which also includes the Hahn airport, Thales guarantees target acquisition starting at 1,000 feet above the ground. For the remainder of the coverage zone, detection will commence at 3,000 feet above the ground. By choosing Thaless operational and innovative multilateration technology, DFS may also benefit from the possibility to receive and process ADS-B messages from the same ground stations. Paul Kahn, Managing Director of Thaless Navigation & Airport Solutions business, stated: We are delighted to be working with DFS to develop and deliver the latest air traffic surveillance technology for improving airspace safety and efficiency. Dr. Markus Hellenthal, CEO of Thales Deutschland, commented on the contract award as follows: "We are particularly proud of this success. It will strengthen the very good relationship between DFS and its long-term partner Thales. The implementation and leverage of this world class ATM solution will significantly support the future wide spread use of this leading German multilateration technology with other Air Navigation Service Provider within and outside of Europe."