[Avionics Magazine 11-10-2016] Thales has received an order from the U.S. Air Force to provide three Deployable – Instrument Landing Systems (D-ILS). These advanced, mobile systems are a crucial element in military airfield environments where the ability to quickly set-up, activate, break down and relocate precision guidance capability for aircraft on final approach, especially during low visibility or low-ceiling weather conditions, is key, according to Thales.
U.S. Air Force F-35. Photo: U.S. Air Force.
D-ILS provides the equivalent of fixed-based Instrument Landing System (ILS) capability at tactical airfields, fixed bases and other diverse applications such as areas of natural disaster or humanitarian relief efforts. Thales supplies more than 99 percent of ILS at U.S. airports.