The FAA Selects Thales Secondary Radar Technology for the Mode S Beacon Replacement System Contract

The FAA has selected Thales secondary radar technology to support the Mode S Beacon Replacement System contract, being delivered with Leidos. Under the contract, Thales will supply up to 142 secondary surveillance radars to support Air Traffic Control management.

The number of aircraft flying is on track to double by 2036, which is leading to an increase in complexity. Reliable, strong performing radars, capable of detecting, measuring precisely the position of an aircraft and allowing rapid and secure exchange of data is crucial. Thales says their secondary surveillance radar is capable of providing surveillance and specific aircraft information necessary to support Air Traffic Control (ATC) automation in all traffic environments. The modern Mode S radar system will help the FAA increase operational availability and performance of the system, support common and consistent interface requirements, and provide a modern system that complies with current FAA Security Standards.

The FAA will deploy Thales’s radar system meeting strict technical requirements. Under the MSBRS contract, Leidos and Thales will perform program management, systems engineering, design and development, system test and evaluation, training, production and site implementation.

“Thales has been a great collaborator and we are thrilled to execute the FAA’s MSBRS Program alongside their team,” said Fran Hill, senior vice-president and operations manager of Transportation Solutions with Leidos. “Leidos and Thales have formed an outstanding working relationship, and we look forward to building upon that relationship and delivering the latest technology to the FAA.”

“This award is the result of strong team dedication and involvement between Leidos and Thales in the U. S. and France, ” said Serge Adrian, senior vice-president Surface Radars, Thales. “With our trusted and reliable solution, the FAA will benefit from secondary radar adapted to its critical needs.”