The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales a technology study contract for the next generation of active phased array radars, including modular processors and multifunction panel technologies.
These new technologies will ultimately equip the Rafale combat aircraft and will be suitable for future unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs).
During the signing ceremony held on 29 September in the presence of Laurent Collet-Billon, Head of the DGA, Jean-Bernard Lévy, Thales’s Chairman and CEO wished to highlight the "strong support of the DGA in maintaining a French sector of excellence in the field of airborne radars. With this technology study contract, Thales will maintain its lead in the field of active radar antennas, which is essential for the future of defence aerospace. "
Under the advanced study contract, Thales will demonstrate the technological readiness of various components and design a new generation of multifunction arrays (radar, electronic warfare and communications). The new arrays will also significantly improve range capabilities and discretion.
Over the next four years approximately 100 Thales staff, will be involved in these studies alongside a number of SME’s which have already contributed to the development of the Rafale active phased array radar.
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Thales today showcased the 13-pound, unpowered glide weapon to support UAVs and light attack aircraft at the on-going Farnborough Airshow. Known as FFLMM (free-fall light multi-role missile), the weapon draws on many of the components developed for the powered LMM weapon that Thales is producing for the Royal Navys FASGW(L) requirement
Thales, Air Bus expressed desire to take forward the on-going business activities in India in cooperation with HAL at the ongoing Farnborough Air Show. Mr
A French delegation is likely to visit India again this month to discuss about the much-delayed multi-billion dollar contract on 126 Rafale fighter aircraft, as India is considering buying more Russian Su-30MKI warplanes in case the deal falls through. Recalling his discussions with his French counterpart last month, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said talks are on over the deal
Indias $20 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) project for 126 Rafale fighters that is reportedly stalled in the final stages will be the crux of discussions when French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian calls on his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar on his three day visit to New Delhi next week. There hasnt been much progress in the stalled MMRCA deal for the last one year
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Thales is launching the new SEARCHMASTER® multirole surveillance radar with active electronic scanning antenna (AESA) technology at Euronaval 2014. SEARCHMASTER® is a truly multirole surveillance radar with the ability to meet all the surveillance requirements of five mission types: anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, maritime surveillance, ground surveillance and tactical air support
Indian helicopter procurements have come to a stop after the Defense Ministry reportedly cancelled another light utility helicopter (LUH) global tender intended for the Navy. The tender called for 56 naval helicopters that were expected to be inducted by 2016
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