Thales IFF systems selected for Brazilian Air Force
Thales Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders will be installed on A1M fighters and E-99 AEW surveillance aircraft in service with the Brazilian Air Force following the company’s selection by Embraer.
A total of 48 aircraft will be retrofitted with the new IFF transponders as part of an upgrade programme.
Thales will supply its TSC 2030 and TSC 2050 transponders, which are part of the company's BlueGate range of IFF products and provide a digital identification capability in line with NATO's MKXA standard.
The aircraft equipped with the new IFF systems will be fully interoperable to overcome risks of friendly fire.
The panel mounted TSC 2030 transponders and the remote 2050 transponders meet all the most recent standards and regulations defined by NATO and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). They are designed to operate either in national secure cryptographic mode or in the secure identification modes used by NATO forces (Modes 4 and 5).
Jean-Michel Lagarde, CEO, Thales Communications & Security, said: ‘This IFF retrofit programme for the Brazilian Air Force shows that Thales's BlueGate IFF solutions are an excellent fit for upgrading existing aircraft. We are proud to have been selected by Embraer and delighted to have this opportunity to further strengthen our relationship with this major industry player.’
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