Thales Canada Inc.

Thales Canada Inc.

March 13, 2008 10:58 ET

Thales Selected by Gulfstream to Develop the Flight Control Computer System for the New Ultra Long Range G650

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and SAVANNAH, GEORGIA--(Marketwire - March 13, 2008) - Thales today announced that it has been selected by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation to develop the full three-axis fly-by-wire (FBW) flight control computer system for the new ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 business jet. The contract has a potential value of over 100 million USD over the next 10 years. The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2012.

Thales' fly-by-wire solution for Gulfstream's G650 aircraft consists of supplying two digital flight control computers and one backup flight control unit. Thales uses the latest evolution of its Quad-Dual Flight Control Computer architecture along with modular packaging design to ensure that all stringent safety, certification and operational dispatch requirements are met using four channels packaged into two cabinets.

Gulfstream has been at the forefront of business jet aviation for the past 50 years, their state-of-the-art Research and Development Center in Savannah Georgia will be home of the joint development phase, while aircraft manufacturing will take place in the recently completed 308,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The system level engineering and software development for Thales' FBW flight control computers and backup flight control unit will take place in Thales' center of excellence in Montreal while the hardware will be developed by Thales' airborne computer unit located in France.

Mr. Alain Boursier, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Thales' aerospace business in Canada commented, "We look forward to a long-standing relationship with Gulfstream and are committed to the success of the G650 program by participating in the development, production and support for the next generation of fly-by-wire flight control computers and backup flight control unit. Thales is a recognized leader in fly-by-wire flight control technology in the business and regional aircraft market, in addition to the commercial transport market, and we anticipate continued expansion over the next several years in this domain."

Thales' commitment to Gulfstream in the FBW flight controls technology domain initiated in 2004 with the Advanced Flight Controls Research Study which today still serves as a successful demonstrator aircraft and risk-mitigation tool for the new G650.

Located in Montreal, is the Thales head office for regional and business aircraft and the Center of Excellence in electrical flight controls. Thales' expertise in flight controls and partnerships with major aircraft manufacturers around the world ensure a product offering that includes complete system design and integration as well as flexible system architecture.

About Thales

Thales ( is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales's leading-edge technology is supported by 22,000 R&D engineers who offer a capability unmatched worldwide to develop and deploy field-proven mission-critical information systems. The group builds its growth on its unique multi-domestic strategy based on trusted partnerships with national customers and market players, while leveraging its global expertise to support local technology and industrial development. Thales employs 68,000 people in 50 countries with 2007 revenues of 12.3 billion Euros.

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