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Keyamo Explores Partnership with Thales for Nigeria’s Aviation Radar Upgrade

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Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development Festus Keyamo, accompanied by aviation expert Layi Are, is currently at Thales, the renowned France-based global air surveillance radar provider, to advance Nigeria’s aviation radar upgrade.

Thales, established in the Netherlands in 1938, has a rich history and a pivotal role in global radar installations since the 50s and 60s in France and Germany.

Thales, known for radar installations in major international airports, is vital to projects like London Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle.

Keyamo aims to comprehensively upgrade Nigeria’s aviation radar system.

According to a statement from the ministry, the ministerial delegation visited Thales’ headquarters in Rouen-Ymare, two hours away from Paris, inspecting the latest radar equipment and understanding its functionality.

“I want the best equipment for my country. That’s why I’m here to tour and see the latest radar equipment in town”, says Keyamo.

Vice President Lionel DE Castellane of Thales, in charge of Civil Radars Segment, welcomed the Minister, emphasizing the urgent need to upgrade Total Radar Coverage at Nigerian airports, especially in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Enugu, and Port-Harcourt.

He highlighted the ongoing TRACON project, initiated 18 years ago, with phase 1 80% complete and set for May 2024 completion.

Castellane disclosed ongoing discussions on financing for the project’s second and third phases, securing a €30.6 million loan from Commerzbank Group.

Thales awaits the Nigerian government’s nod for formalizing financing arrangements.

Following a presentation, Minister Keyamo received a beautiful radar system model as a token of appreciation for his visit.

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