Thales and Dah Chong Hong – Dragonair Airport GSE Service (DAS) have been appointed to install the new instrument landing system (ILS) solution and support the three-runway system (3RS) expansion project at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government selected the companies through a global open tender exercise.

As part of the project, six new ILS systems from Thales will be installed at HKIA under 3RS.

The new 32-element ultra-wide aperture localiser tracking antenna array is claimed to offer precise guidance signals to aircraft during approach and landing on the runway, in all weather conditions, day and night.

This will improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft landing at HKIA while requiring less equipment to protect the area.

The new ILS system will also support runways operated for Category III operations, including low-visibility operations (LVO) during fog or heavy rain conditions.

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This Thales solution has already been installed in many other international airports, including Ankara Esenboga Airport in Turkey, Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport in France and Istanbul New Airport.

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

“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.”

DAS’s scope of work involves coordination with various stakeholders, overall logistic support, project liaison, as well as on-site installation of the ILS project.

In March 2021, Thales and Inetum delivered more than 45 automatic border control gates (ABC gates) at two Spanish airports, notably Valencia (VLC) and Bilbao (BIO).