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Thales wins new Tiger and NH90 helicopter self-protection contracts

17 March 2004

Thales has signed new contracts worth almost 100 million euros with EADS to supply over 500 Threat Warning Equipment (TWE) self-protection systems for Eurocopter Tiger and NH90 helicopters. These aircraft will be delivered to the armed forces of France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Finland and Australia.

The TWE system, developed and integrated by Thales, consists of an instantaneous wide-band electromagnetic detection function (radar warning receiver) and a laser warning receiver developed by EADS. Thales will also supply the system's central processing unit.

The TWE forms the core of an integrated self-protection system. In addition to the radar warning and laser warning functions mentioned above, it also manages all the other components of the self-protection system, including the missile approach warning system and chaff/flare dispensers. Deliveries will be completed in to 2012.

Thales develops, produces and integrates self-protection systems for all types of helicopters and is involved in all the major military helicopter programmes conducted with Eurocopter and as part of other international partnerships.

These new contracts strengthen Thales' capabilities in self-protection systems both for helicopters and for transport aircraft. Building on its experience in self-protection systems for military aircraft, Thales is currently developing a new generation of radar and optronic warning receivers for military transport aircraft.

Press contacts :
Matt Pothecary
Tel : + (0) 1 57 77 86 26

Thales Airborne Systems
Monique Navarra
Tel : + (0) 1 34 81 40 30

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