Thales set to deploy new ILS at Hong Kong

The solution is set to support the airport’s three-runway development scheme to help improve capacity  

Technology firm, Thales has partnered with Dragonair Airport GSE Service (DAS) to deploy the new instrument landing system (ILS) at Hong Kong International (HKIA). 

This solution – which his designed to support the site’s three-runway expansion project – is set to improve the hub’s capacity and elevate the efficiency of aircraft landing whilst maintaining high safety standards.  

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Dragonair’s aperture localiser array with 32-element localiser antenna is planned to provide accurate guidance signals to aircraft approaching and landing on the runway in varying weather conditions.  

The Thales solution has already been implemented at multiple airports internationally, including Istanbul, Ankara Esenboga and Paris/Charles de Gualle. 

“We are proud to have been selected by the Civil Aviation Department under global open tender as the supplier of new ILS for the HKIA, which is one of the key systems with proven international reference and reliability performance to support operations on the runway,” said Kais Mnif, navigation and non-radar surveillance global businesses director at Thales.  

“This new selection strengthens our position as a proven airspace solutions provider in Asia and makes HKIA a world reference in terms of navigation aids equipped airport. I am sure the knowledge and experience that Thales is bringing to the project will ensure smooth and reliable operations at the HKIA during aircraft landing.” 

Angel Cheung, general manager, Dah Chong Hong, Dragonair Airport GSE Services, added: “We are also delighted to work together with Thales as the local partner for the ILS solution. This project will leverage the strength and expertise of both companies to jointly deliver a world-class critical air navigation service equipment to CAD at the Hong Kong International Airport.” 

Thales has been supporting HKIA in Hong Kong for more than 20 years. 

DAS is responsible for the project liaison and coordination with the contributing stakeholders, logistics support and on-site installation of the ILS project.