Avionics Update: Thales nets $9.9 million Canadian research grant
Technology Partnership Canada (TPC), a government-run supplier of high-tech research grants to Canadian companies, has awarded Thales Avionics Canada $9.9 million to develop fly-by-wire flight controls, enhanced vision systems (EVS) and required navigation performance (RNP)-based cockpit equipment for business jets and regional airliners. Thales is anteing roughly another $23 million toward the projects’ total investment, the bulk of which likely will be applied in Bombardier-built airplanes. Thales already serves as the prime supplier of conventional flight controls in Bombardier’s CRJ700, CRJ900 and Global Express, as well as lead integrator of EVS in the Global Express. CMC Electronics, also based in Montreal, is a partner on the EVS project. Thales’ RNP initiative, meanwhile, seeks to develop precision navigation performance capabilities for business aircraft operators and regional airlines, and includes evaluations by Horizon Air, an operator of Bombardier RJs and turboprops. In 1997 Thales received a similar $10 million grant from TPC, which led to the development of a number of avionics components, including the Global Express HUD for Bombardier.