Today in the presence of His Excellence Mamuka Kudava Ambassador of Georgia in France, and George Karbelashvili, Georgian Vice-Minister for Economic Development, the Georgian air navigation service provider SAKAERNAVIGATSIA Ltd. and Thales signed a contract for the replacement of both primary and secondary radars at Tbilisi international airport.
Thales, which has built a solid partnership with the Georgian air navigation service provider since 2004, is already a major provider of Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems in the country. The implementation of the new radar system, scheduled for Spring 2009, will provide complete airspace security around Tbilisi. The contract follows the recent signature of a financial protocol between Georgian and French governments. On November 24 2008, Nikoloz Guilaouri, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Georgia, and Ms Anne-Marie Idrac, French Minister of Foreign Trade, signed a financial protocol in Tbilisi, which aimed to ensure the development of Georgias facilities and support the local Georgian industry in the modernisation of the countrys ATC systems. Thales is a world leader in Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems and civil radars (outside the USA) and holds more than 70% share in the navigation aids market. Thales offers an integrated gate-to-gate solution, from pre-flight to landing, ensuring airport safety, efficient traffic handling operations, data sharing on aircraft and seamless handover operations between territories.