Thales has won a five-year contract with the UK’s Ministry of Defence to provide support for the Sonar 2050 anti-submarine sensor used on the Royal Navy’s Type 23 Duke-class frigate fleet.
Sonar 2050 is a medium-range bow sonar currently fitted to thirteen Type 23 frigates and is the Royal Navy’s primary hull-mounted anti-submarine warfare sensor. It also provides the ship with passive detection capabilities at lower frequencies.
Under the contract, Thales will provide physical support of Sonar 2050 for operational defect rectifications, a worldwide 24/7 helpdesk support service, dry dock and afloat support, and test equipment and handling.
“We welcome the award of this competitively-placed contract which means Thales has the sole responsibility for the upkeep and support of the complete Sonar 2050 system. We are the key sonar provider to the Royal Navy’s frigate fleet and we are investing heavily in research and development to ensure our sensors are ready to meet the demands of any future requirements”, Ed Lowe, head of Thales UK’s naval business said.
Thales was awarded the contract in a competitive process by offering a value for money, low-risk support solution, providing innovative solutions that can reduce support costs and improve the availability of the equipment.
Eight Type 23s are also fitted with the Thales Sonar 2087 towed array system in the stern, which enables warships to hunt submarines at considerable distances and locate them beyond the range from which they can launch an attack.
The combination of these two sensors with an embarked Merlin helicopter fitted with Thales FLASH dipping sonar (Sonar 2089) makes the Type 23 what the Royal Navy describes as the “most potent anti-submarine warfare platform of any navy at sea today”.
Thales will be exhibiting broad range of products at Singapore Air show 2014, taking place from 11th to the 16th of February. Thales will be showcasing its capabilities in a number of areas including Airport Security, Air Traffic Management, Advanced Air Defence, In-Flight Entertainment & Connectivity, Avionics Support Services, Onboard/Ground Communications, Navigation and Identification (CNI) solutions and Optronics
The Indian Ministry of Defense has approved the formation of a Joint Venture Company with Thales for the design, development, marketing, supply and support of civilian and select defence radars for Indian and global markets. Thales will hold 26 per cent stake in the company, as per the Defence foreign direct investment (FDI) norms that India prescribes at present
Thales will exhibit at Defexpo 2014, from 6 to 9 February in New Delhi, India, showcasing a wide range of products under Advanced air defence systems, C4I solutions, Land and Naval communications, Optronics, Underwater and electronic warfare systems. Thaless Advanced Air Defence offering has SAMP/T theatre anti-missile system, the RAPID range of weapon systems, missiles and some other air defence systems
Thales has won a strategic study contract to define the overall system architecture for future network-centric operations by the French armed forces. The study known as ETO AGORA, will build operational scenarios using the various networks to be deployed by 2020–25 to define an interconnection model that ensures effective delivery of future operational services, taking into account the progressive migration of these networks to IP technology
Thales announced today that will join SAF Group at a shared training centre, which features two state-of-the-art Reality H Simulators, in Albertville in the French Alps. SAF, who have operated a Reality H in Albertville since 2012, providing training and simulation for the EC135, will be joined by Thales, who will operate a further brand new Reality H to be ready for training by mid- 2014
Thales has won a 100 million euros contract to supply Forceshield integrated air defense system and STARSTREAK missiles to the Indonesian Ministry of Defense. In addition to the supply of STARStreak short-range air defence missiles, the system comprises CONTROLMaster200 radar and weapon coordination systems, RAPIDRanger mobile weapon systems and Lightweight Multiple Launchers (LML), as well as associated communications, training and support equipment
Thales revealed their annual result for the year 2013, stating the order intake has increased about 7% from the previous year totally valued $14.17 billion
Thales has won a contract to supply six SMART-S Mk2 naval surveillance radar systems and six CAPTAS-2 towed sonar systems for the Royal Malaysian Navys Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The six SMART-S Mk2 radars will be installed on the Malaysian Littoral Combat Ships that are currently being built by Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd in Malaysia
Thales has won a contract from DCNS to supply its latest-generation IFF identification systems for the French Navy's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and the two French Horizon-class frigates. The installation of these new systems, part of Thales's BlueGate product family, will overcome the limitations of the systems currently in service and provide the vessels with an effective Mode 5 / Mode S capability
The Brazilian Army has selected Thales Sotas communication systems for its various vehicle programmes, including the new Guarani vehicle, the Cascavel, the M113 and the Urutu refurbishment programmes. The systems will be delivered in June 2014
Thales has announced a contract to modernize Thailands air traffic management at Singapore Airshow 2014, starting from today. Recently, Thaless LORADS III system has entered into service with Singapore
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