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Australia and Thales to deploy OneSKY programme
Thales has signed a contract worth around $949 million with the Australian Defence Force and Airservices Australia for the delivery and deployment of the OneSKY programme, the company announced on 26 February.
OneSKY is an advanced civil/military airspace integration project that intends to modernise Australian and associated oceanic airspace. Australia's airspace is the largest in the world, totaling over 11% of the globe.
The OneSKY programme will leverage Thales’ air traffic management (ATM) systems with dual civil/military interoperability. It will use the company’s latest digital technologies in the fields of connectivity, big data and artificial intelligence to improve flight co-ordination, safely increase the use of airspace, optimise air traffic flow and improve the way planes approach the runway.
The programme seeks to maintain safety levels at increased volumes for airlines to enable them to increase their routes, whilst reducing fuel burn and CO2 emissions.
The Royal Australian Air Force will benefit from safer co-ordination with civilian air movements.
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