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Thales celebrates the delivery of the 15 new Mirage 2000-5 aircraft to Greece

29 November 2007

Neuilly-sur-Seine 3 December 2007 – In a ceremony held last Friday at the Tanagra Air Force base in Athens, Greece, Thales together with Dassault Aviation and Safran, celebrated the end of the delivery of the fifteen new Mirage 2000-5 aircraft with the Greek Minister of Defense, Mr. Evanghelos Meimarakis and French Minister of Defense, Mr Hervé Morin. In late 2000, the Hellenic Air Force had ordered a series of new Mirage 2000-5 Mk2 aircraft.

François Quentin, Senior vice President, Thales Aerospace, commented, "We were extremely proud to have participated in this ceremony commemorating the production and timely delivery of the fifteen Mirage 2000-5 aircraft to Greece. Thales is very active both in the supply of radars, electronic warfare suites and avionics for new combat aircraft and in proposing modernisation solutions for existing aircraft."

The agreement between the Greek Air Force and French industry also includes the upgrade of ten existing Mirage 2000 aircraft, which will now begin. For this particular contract Thales is responsible for supplying the following equipment, which accounts for approximately one-half of the aircraft upgrade:
- RDY-2 multifunction nose-mounted radar
- lntegrated Counter Measures Suite
- Avionics suite
- Integrated Multi-display System for the cockpit

Thales leverages its unique experience to provide full modernization and upgrade solutions for various type of combat, advanced training, transport, mission aircraft and helicopters. It can supply complete mission electronics packages, especially fire control radars, electronic warfare and navigation /attack system computers, optronics, cockpit display systems, helmet mounted sight, electrical power generation, missile electronics, communications, radio-navigation and identification systems.

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

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