Dassault Aviation has entered “exclusive negotiations” with Alcatel-Lucent to take over its 20.8-percent stake in defense electronics specialist Thales. The buyout would boost Dassault’s stake in Thales to 26 percent and mark a strong return to defense electronics for the French airframer at a time when the economic slowdown is threatening sales of business jets.
Bombardier is developing an enhanced vision system with partners Thales Avioincs of France and CMC Electronics for its Global Express business jet, the Canadian airframer announced at an NBAA press conference yesterday. Flight testing of the system is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year, with customer availability expected in the first quarter of 2005. Texas Instrument’s flight department is the launch customer.
From his Paris office thousands of miles away François Lureau was as horrified by what he saw on September 11 as the millions of Americans who watched on television in stunned disbelief. But unlike most Americans, as the CEO of a multinational aerospace and defense company, Lureau was in a unique position to do something about the terrorist attacks–or at least to help ensure that nothing like it ever happened again.
Thales Avionics, the French firm that changed its name from Sextant Avionique last year, announced last month that it will design and certify an enhanced vision system (EVS) for the Head-Up Flight Display System (HFDS) that was certified by the FAA in September. The avionics manufacturer thus becomes the fourth entrant in the EVS development arena, joining Kollsman/Gulfstream, CMC Electronics and Max-Viz.
Thales announced it is aiming to become a major supplier of avionics systems to the business aviation market, challenging the likes of Honeywell and Rockwell Collins, and achieving a “very significant” increase in revenue.
Thales Avionics has completed the first round of assessments of infrared sensors from “potential partners” that the company said could be incorporated with the enhanced vision system (EVS) in development for the French firm’s Head-up Flight Display System (HFDS). Thales plans to make a final supplier selection in “the very near future,” pending additional rounds of tests and a commitment from a launch customer.
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.
Honeywell’s legal dispute with ACSS over EGPWS patents may be on its way to a private arbitrator instead of a courtroom, if the sides can agree on terms.
Thales Avionics has threatened legal reprisals against Honeywell unless the U.S. avionics and engines giant drops a patent-infringement lawsuit against Phoenix-based Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a maker of terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), TCAS and mode-S transponders, jointly owned by Thales and L-3 Communications.
Bombardier revealed last month it is developing an enhanced vision system (EVS) with partners Thales Avionics of France and CMC Electronics of Canada for its Global Express business jet.