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The French-Spanish company Armaris – a joint company set up in 2002 by Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN) and THALES - was a leading provider of warships, submarines and combat systems around the world. In 2007, DCN of France became DCNS after DCN acquired all of Thales French naval business while Thales acquired a 25 percent stake in DCN with the newly-merged company known as DCNS.

ARMARIS created new international business opportunities for French naval contractors, and played a pivotal role in the restructuring of the European naval defense industry. The company provided a variety of products and services, including surface vessels, especially Frigates, Corvettes, Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) - Submarines, and combat systems. Armaris product, SETIS combat management systems, integrates various subsystems, 3D surveillance, and fire control which allows determining tactical situations and taking necessary steps.

It provided service such as in-service maintenance, integrated logistics, provides workshops, dry docks and shore facilities, Training, Technical support for repairs, refits and modernization programs, and assist in finance and local industrial offsets. In addition, it relatee advanced industrial capabilities and tailored services to offer an entire fleet of fully-equipped warships, submarines, and combat systems to meet naval needs for the coming decades. ARMARIS was combining forces to serve naval needs by offering complete turnkey naval solutions, including feasibility studies, project control, risk management, multi-contractor coordination, integration of advanced combat and communications systems, and life-cycle support for navy's mission requirements.

ARMARIS was awarded various contracts:

  • ARMARIS was the French prime contractor for the Malaysian Submarine Program for the provision of two Scorpene submarines, built conjointly by the French shipbuilder DCN and its Spanish counterpart, the IZAR group; and the training of over 150 sailors of the Royal Malaysian Navy in submarine handling. A “commission” at the price of 114 million Euros by Armaris to its Malaysian counterpart. This “commission,” which was acknowledged by the Malaysian government in front of the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur, triggered a chain of events that led to the assassination of Altantuya and the disappearance of several key witnesses in the case.
  • On 06 October 2005 India and France signed a deal in New Delhi for the purchase of six Franco-Spanish Scorpene submarines and pledged total transparency in the 2.4-billion-euro (three-billion-dollar) contract. In March 2006, Indian newspapers carried reports that Aramis had allegedly paid bribes using agents to win a contract to sell six Scorpene submarines to the Indian Government. The anti-corruption watchdog, the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), alleged that the 2.4 billion-euro Scorpene submarine contract involved payments to agents. Since the Bofors scandal, the use of agents is banned in defence contracts in India.
  • ARMARIS was prime contractor for the Skjold Class Fast Patrol Boat Program for the Royal Norwegian Navy, as part of the Skjold Prime Consortium (SPC) with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and the Umoe Mandal naval shipyard. Delivery of the Skjold-class boats is planned for 2006-2009 from the Umoe Mandal shipyard.
  • ARMARIS was prime contractor for the Franco-Italian Horizon Class Frigate Program, through its subsidiaries HORIZON SAS (overall prime contactor) and EUROSYSNAV (prime contractor for combat systems); and is prime contractor for the Combat System for the Saudi Frigates Program, SAWARI 2, through its subsidiary SFCS.
  • On 30 September 2004, ARMARIS signed a contract with the Australian government to deliver a preliminary report as part of the Australian LHD - JP2048 project. This six-month study will concentrate on the feasibility of local construction of a LHD/Projection and Command Ship (BPC/Batiment de Projection et de Commandement) based on France's new Mistral LHD-Class vessel. It will include an estimate of the associated costs of building it in Australia.
  • The French Armament Procurement Agency (Delegation generale pour l'armement/DGA) awarded ARMARIS a contract concerning the definition phase of the "multipurpose frigate" program (FREMM) which will be a cooperative Franco-Italian initiative. As part of this contract, ARMARIS and its Italian partner Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (a joint venture of Fincantieri and Finmeccanica) shared product management responsibilities for this preliminary study. In May 2004, the French and the Italian Ministries of Defense disclosed their intention of signing a contract for the FREMM development and production during the French "EURONAVAL" exhibition in October 2004.

The company worked closely with Thales, Navantia (ex Izar), NAVFCO, DCN Log, Orizzonte Sistemi Navali, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, and UMOE Mandal.

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