By Andy Sambidge
Company says it will supply equipment at two new Saudi Arabian airfields
Thales has been awarded a foreign military sales contract by the US Air Force (USAF) to provide the Saudi Arabia National Guard with navigation aids and air traffic control tower equipment.
The technology will support visual and instrument flight rules for fixed and rotary wing aircraft at two new Saudi Arabian airfields - Khashm al-An Airfield, east of Riyadh, and Dirab Airfield, southwest of Riyadh.
Thales said in a statement that the contract underlines its position as a "trusted provider of ATM technology for both civilian and military airspace".
Khashm al-An Airfield is still under construction, and will feature a 2,000 metre paved runway and taxiway for fixed-wing aircraft.
Construction on Dirab Airfield has not yet begun and the airfield will accommodate both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Once operational, these airfields will house the Saudi National Guard's aircraft.For all the latest tech news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.