As a part of the modernisation of France’s army air belongings, the consortium shaped by Sabena technics and Thales has been notified by the French defence procurement company (DGA) to improve the avionics on the CN-235 plane operated by the French Air and Area Pressure. The CN-235 is used for tactical missions to drop paratroopers or gear and for public service operations resembling medical evacuation and might be deployed quickly into theatres of operations. The CN-235’s new state-of-the-art and intuitive avionics will meet the requirements of the Single European Sky and allow French forces to combine into non-segregated airspace with no restrictions and conduct their missions rapidly and effectively. The improved reliability of the brand new gear suite may also enhance fleet availability and lengthen the service lifetime of the plane.

Yannick Assouad, Govt Vice-President Avionics, Thales stated,“Thanks to shut cooperation between the DGA, Air and Area Pressure, Sabena technics and Thales groups, the improve of the CN-235 avionics will give French forces a brand new technological edge. The improved capabilities, larger fleet availability and a lifetime extension past 2040 will carry actual operational advantages to the French armed forces.”


Philippe Rochet, Chairman, Sabena technics stated, “This main venture to improve the avionics of the CN-235 plane brings the French Air and Area Pressure important operational advantages and Sabena technics is especially proud to be participating. The partnership with Thales is the newest illustration of our capability to work collectively effectively and profit from our complementary areas of experience. This contract consolidates the foremost position that Sabena technics is enjoying on the CN-235 programme by combining this main modification with our work as prime contractor for through-life help.”

The complementary experience of Thales and Sabena technics allow the consortium to offer an efficient response to the necessities of tactical operations as we speak. As consortium chief, Sabena technics will carry out the mechanical and electrical modifications and combine the avionics gear. Along with supplying the TopStarC GPS receiver and inertial navigation system, Thales may also present latest-generation avionics derived from its TopDeck suite used on the ATR 72-600 business passenger plane. TopDeck is licensed and flight-proven on almost 800 civil and army platforms. Its easy and intuitive interface reduces pilot workload, enabling air crews to give attention to their core duties. The upgraded CN-235s may also function the latest-generation Thales radio altimeter, which is resistant to 5G interference, to make sure secure, high-performance navigation. Thales amenities in Bordeaux, Brive, Châtellerault, Toulouse, Valence and Vendôme, and the Sabena technics website in Dinard, can be concerned within the improve of the French Air and Area Pressure’s CN-235 fleet.