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HMAS MELBOURNE provisional acceptance

08 October 2007

Key personnel from the Australian Navy, DMO and Thales attended the handover and the signing of the Provisional Acceptance Certificate at Garden Island today.

Thales has successfully completed onboard testing of the new and improved capabilities of HMAS MELBOURNE to meet contractual compliance and the ship and her crew are ready to be returned to the DMO and the Royal Australian Navy.

At the heart of the system upgrade is the new Combat System and Combat System Software which will provide HMAS MELBOURNE with the capability to serve for the remainder of her life.

The FFG Upgrade Project has broken new ground in Australia with the delivery of the Australian Distributed Architecture Combat System (ADACS) which supports the first of class firing of the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) as demonstrated on HMAS SYDNEY. This capability will be installed in HMAS MELBOURNE next month.

Norman Gray, Managing Director Thales Australia said, "Thales continues to meet its commitment to the FFG Upgrade Project and achieving this milestone sends a clear message that the project is on track."

HMAS MELBOURNE is one of the Royal Australian Navy's guided missile frigates being upgraded as part of the FFG Upgrade Project.. The ship is a long-range escort capable of area air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.

The fourth and final Ship, HMAS NEWCASTLE is commencing its upgrade in October 2007.

About Thales

Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales's leading-edge technology 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.

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