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Thales consolidates leadership of submarine EW with SMART win

~ £21 million contract for RESM equipment sees Type 45 technology used to update the Royal Navy submarine fleet ~

27 June 2007

Thales UK has been awarded a £21 million contract by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide the latest generation Radar Electronic Support Measures (RESM) equipment for the Royal Navy's Trafalgar-, Vanguard- and Astute-class submarines.

The solution will update the existing Thales equipment with an open architecture, using the Thales ‘INVOLV' open system framework. The architecture supports the latest generation digital receiver technology, pulled-through from Thales' company-funded and UK Research programmes. This is coupled with Type 45 MINERVA and PALANTIR signal processing, feeding the advanced display on the UK Common Console.

The SMART (Submarine Advanced RESM Technology) programme creates the foundations required for the effective management of all maritime electronic warfare (EW) across the Royal Navy to deliver cross-fleet equipment fit for the demanding operations of the 21st century, according to Richard Deakin, Managing Director of Thales aerospace activities in the UK.

"SMART represents confirmation from the UK MoD, in the face of open competition from the world's major EW suppliers, of Thales' position as the predominant naval ESM supplier in the UK," said Deakin. "Thales' highly compliant, cost-effective and innovative solution to SMART offers a world-leading capability which, coupled with the potential for cross-fleet and applications, availability-based support and our unique experience in this field, ensures that this provides an excellent balance between affordability and capability."

SMART will be developed over the following 18 months and be installed in BAE Systems' Shore Integration Facility in Ash Vale in January 2009. The first platform installation is planned for September 2009, with the full submarine capability to be delivered within 20 months.

An open technology architecture was crucial in supporting the MoD's drive for Through Life Capability Management (TLCM) - an initiative that ensures procurement and support of new and existing military technology is planned and managed coherently.

About Thales
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales' leading-edge technology is supported by 22,000 R&D engineers who offer a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy field-proven mission-critical information systems. To this end, the group's civil and military businesses develop in parallel and share a common base of technologies to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations.

The group builds its growth on its unique multi-domestic strategy based on trusted partnerships with national customers and market players, while leveraging its global expertise to support local technology and industrial development. Thales employs 68,000 people in 50 countries with forecast 2007 revenues in excess of € 12 billion.

Thales UK employs 9,000 staff, based at more than 50 locations in the UK. In 2006 Thales UK's revenues were over £1 bn. At a Group level, Thales employs 70,000 people worldwide in 50 countries and generated revenues of £7 bn in 2006, with a record order book of over £14 bn.



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