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Thales wins new defence contract for laser research

07 June 2007

Effective since January 2007, the contract is worth close to 11 million euros and will last five years.

The procurement agency launched a competitive bidding process in 2006 and this year chose a consortium of Thales research teams, working with the French company Manlight, a technology provider specialising in fibre lasers.

The study will prepare the groundwork for development of laser sources for jamming, target designation/rangefinding and active imaging systems.

The studies will include the following militarised low-energy lasers:

* band I laser for detection and jamming of pointed optics, and new band III technologies for land forces applications
* target designation/range finding laser for airborne systems
* airborne laser system for active imaging
* new multifunction laser combining target designation/range finding with active imaging
* new active imaging laser for missile seekers.

The study contract for defence applications is a further endorsement of Thales's world-renowned expertise in the design and manufacture of advanced laser systems.

About Thales
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group serving defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide, supported by a comprehensive services offering. The group's civil and military businesses develop in parallel to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. Leveraging a global network of high-level researchers, Thales offers a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy critical information systems. Thales employs 70, 000 people in 50 countries and generated revenues of €10.3 billion in 2006, with a record order book of over €20 billion.

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