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Thales invests in urban combat training centres in cooperation with Saab

19 June 2008

Thales and Saab have agreed to combine their know-how and experience to design the instrumentation for the future GTIA joint battle group facility at the French Army's CENZUB urban combat training complex in Sissonne, northern France.

Thales and Saab competed against each other for a contract as part of the CENZUB definition phase in 2004, awarded by the French defence procurement agency (DGA). Today, the two companies have combined their vision of the technical, industrial, instructional and logistical aspects of the project for the next preparatory phases of the instrumented CENZUB complex.

Thales has gained recognition in this field with the success of its CENTAURE system, which provides complete instrumentation for the French Army's open terrain combat training centre. The company has vast experience and is uniquely placed to understand the operational requirement and tailor solutions for the CENZUB complex, particularly since the CENTAURE and CENZUB systems share the same deployment principles and training objectives.

Saab provides world-leading systems and services for military training in urban environment. The company offers a complete range of live training products, which supplements Thales capabilities regarding training.

Chris Gane, Thales VP Tranining & Simulation said : "this partnership, which combines both Thales' and SAAB's competences, positions us as leaders in urban combat training solutions due to an innovative and diversified offer."

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 2007 revenues of €12.3 billion.

A leading position in simulation: no.1 in Europe, no.2 worldwide

The simulation business serves the requirements of both military and civil markets. Simulation is a critical component of security in the air and land transport sectors, playing a key role in the instruction and training of airline pilots and heavy goods vehicle drivers, for example. As well as training for the use of armoured vehicles, infantry weapons, helicopters and fast jets, military forces also rely on simulation systems for mission rehearsal. The business provides everything from computer based training systems and full-flight simulators to complete, networked synthetic environments for simulating large military operations.

Press contacts

Thales Security Solutions & Services
Victoire Le Barazer
Tel: +33 (0)1 73 32 13 20
victoire.lebarazer@thalesgroup.com

Thales, Corporate Communications
Christophe Robin
Tel: +33 (0)1 57 77 86 26
christophe.robin@thalesgroup.com



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