Thales2008-04-01 14:38:39

Thales wins support contracts for Royal Navy submarines

Thales UK has been awarded contracts initially worth £35m from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide long-term in-service support for the Royal Navy's (RN'S) Trafalgar-, Vanguard- and Astute-class periscope systems. The contracts, which include the Contracting For Availability (CFA) programme, build on the existing support infrastructure in which the UK MoD has invested over many years.

The CFA programme is the result of Thales and the UK MoD adopting a partnering approach, with a joint In-Service Support Team (ISST) being established to ensure that CFA is managed and delivered successfully. The CFA contract will guarantee increased availability through an initial five-year support agreement for periscopes and optronics masts for the RN's fleet of nuclear-powered and strategic submarines.

Under the terms of the contracts, Thales' optronics facility in Glasgow will provide specialised skills and facilities to ensure optimal through-life capability management of
these complex systems. The contracts include design authority services, spare equipment / spare parts, repairs / replacement parts, modifications, engineering changes, field changes, overhauls, refurbishments and engineering services.

Thales has been the sole supplier of periscopes and optronic masts to the RN since 1917 and is involved in providing other sensors to the Astute-submarine programme, including electronic warfare systems (developed and supplied from Crawley), sonar systems (designed and manufactured in Cheadle Heath and Templecombe) and the periscopes and optronic masts (designed and built in Glasgow). Together, these sensor systems provide the ‘eyes and ears' of the submarine, making it a highly capable war fighting platform.

Alex Cresswell, Managing Director of the Thales' Land and Joint Systems business in the UK, says: "Thales has a unique heritage of providing enhanced capability and support to the Royal Navy, with whom we have invested substantially in a support capability for submarine visual systems. These contracts will make best use of both Thales' specialised skills and the navy's previous investment in infrastructure to ensure a cost-effective support solution.�

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