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Thales ATM

State: New South Wales
Sector: Manufacturing and Infrastructure

Thales Air Traffic Management, Thales ATM, Australia's leading air traffic control system developer, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the French electronics multinational Thales Group. Thales ATM is the prime contractor to Airservices Australia for air traffic management systems, providing buildings and civil works, dedicated telecommunications networks, computer based training, simulators and terminal control units. It also provides radar support in eastern and south-western Australia

In September 2001, Thales ATM secured a $200 million contract with the Civil Aviation Administration of China, CAAC, to supply more than 200 new air traffic control workstations by 2004. Training controllers and engineers in the new system mostly will be conducted in Australia; other Australian companies will contribute to the project by supplying consoles and computer hardware and software. The system will control up to 80 per cent of China's air traffic in the Beijing-Shanghai-Guangzhou air corridor once fully installed.

Source: 2002 Trade Objective and Outcomes Statement, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2002.

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