Thales has been selected by Mexican air navigation service provider SENEAM to provide technology for its air navigation renovation programme. Under the contract, Thales’ local partner Amfar will provide all necessary civil works, equipment installation, training and logistical activities.

Vaclav Sourek, sales director for Thales Air Systems Division in Germany, said that the company was proud to have been again selected to help SENEAM provide the highest level of safety for Mexico’s airspace.

"Thales was already selected in 2010 to supply 4 ILS/VOR and 7 VORDME systems to SENEAM, and this new contract confirms SENEAM’s confidence in Thales’ systems," Sourek said.

The company will provide its instrumental landing system (ILS) combined with distance measuring equipment (DME) for safer landings. Its VHF Omnidirectional Radio Range (VOR) and DME will give advanced navigation equipment on various airports.

The ILS helps pilots with reliable and accurate landing information, particularly in reduced visibility conditions. The DME features a ground beacon and an interrogator-receiver aboard aircraft that provides pilots with information about the distance between the aircraft and the ground station, and operates in the 1,000MHz frequency range.

Thales’ VOR/DME systems will be deployed for both en-route and terminal area guidance. The systems will be manufactured at the Thales Milan (Gorgonzola) facility in Italy, and will be delivered to SENEAM in early 2013.