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Thales awarded St Helena ATC contract

The company behind the construction of the first commercial airport on the UK overseas territory of St Helena has selected Thales to supply and install its air traffic control systems.

Thales will provide the airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) to provide pilots with reliable and accurate landing information in reduced visibility conditions and a Doppler VHF Omni-directional Radio Range system (DVOR) to provide bearing information to pilots.

Plans for an airport to connect the remote island in the mid Atlantic with South Africa and beyond have been under discussion for several years, but was given the final go ahead by the Coalition Government in 2011.

South African construction company Basil Read has been awarded a build, operate and transfer contract to bring the airport to completion.

The new airport, which will have a single 1,500m runway and 3,500sqm terminal is expected to be completed by 2015 at a cost of $321 million, with funding coming from Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Marion Broughton, head of Thales UK’s aerospace business, said: “Thales is delighted to be working with Basil Read on this prestigious project and is committed to ensuring that airports such as St Helena’s are fitted with cutting-edge systems to keep their skies safe”.

In July, Basil Read awarded Namibian cement company Ohorongo a three-year contract to supply cement for the project.

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