Thales will supply sighting systems and ancillary equipment to General Dynamics for the production of UK’s Specialist Vehicle (SV) program.
Under the terms of the £125 million (US $195 million) contracts, Thales will supply 245 vehicle sets, each consisting of a Primary Sight, Local Situational Awareness (LSA) camera system and Smoke Dispenser, over a 5 year program between 2016 and 2021, specifically for the Scout variant of the vehicle, the company said in a statement Thursday.
Thales will also supply a further 344 sets of their LSA systems for other versions of the vehicle in the same time period.
General Dynamics UK won a £390 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) to provide in-service support for the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) fleet until 2024 on July 23, 2105. The contract is an extension of the in-service support that General Dynamics UK was contracted to provide for the SCOUT SV fleet until 2020. It also includes the provision of spares and repairs for all 589 platforms. With this facility investment, General Dynamics UK will undertake the assembly, integration and testing of 489 SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) platforms.
“This contract will provide the Army’s Scout vehicles with enhanced reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities, vital for these vehicles, which will act as our “eyes and ears” on the battlefield,” Philip Dunne, UK Minister of State for Defense Procurement said.
All equipment will be built at Thales’s optronics facility in Glasgow.