Thales announced today the award of a contract from FINAVIA, the Finnish Air Traffic Service provider, for the delivery, installation and operational commissioning of its MAGS1 (Multilateration Air-Ground Surveillance) transponder multilateration system at Helsinki Vantaa Airport.
Thales was found superior to its competitors by FINAVIAs evaluation criteria including procurement cost, delivery time, operational and technical characteristics, maintenance and support offering and installation approach. The contract will be fully executed in 2008. The MAGS surveillance system will provide high accuracy, high update rate surveillance for all transponder equipped aircraft operating in Helsinki-Vantaas movement and apron areas. Helsinki-Vantaa airport is the main airport and international gateway in Finland. Altogether 12 million passengers pass through the airport annually. During rush hours an aircraft takes off or lands every 1.5 minute. The airport handles 600 flight operation per day and 150 000 per year. Thales has made a strategic investment in multilateration and ADS-B technology to reinforce our leadership position surveillance technology for air traffic management, stated Paul Kahn, Managing Director of Thales Navigation and Airport Solutions Business Line. This announcement further validates that customers want the market leading technology Thales offers and the reliability of working with the global ATM leader.