Thales has signed a five-year contract with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence to provide support for the Sonar 2050 anti-submarine sensor used on the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate fleet. Sonar 2050 is a medium-range bow sonar currently fitted to thirteen Type 23 frigates and is the Royal Navy’s primary hull-mounted anti- submarine warfare sensor. It also provides the ship with passive detection capabilities at lower frequencies. Thales will provide physical support of Sonar 2050 for operational defect rectifications, a worldwide 24/7 helpdesk support service, dry dock and afloat support, and test equipment and handling.
The Norwegian Defense Ministry has decided to purchase NORMANS digitized soldier system based on the concept that has been designed and tested at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment. NORMANS digitized soldier system will provide Norwegian soldiers with improved situational awareness, improved ability to navigate and effective mission planning. As the prime contractor, Thales Norway will be responsible for delivering information systems to Norwegian soldiers over a five-year period.
MBDA has been awarded a £165 million ($268 million) contract to support the Sea Viper area air defence missile system. MBDA will ensure the availability of the complete Sea Viper system for the Type 45 destroyer class for a period of six years. The Project Availability Support Service - Sea Viper (PASS-SV) contract is the first support contract let under the Through Life Enabling Contract signed in April 2010 between the Ministry of Defence and MBDA that established a new partnering approach on complex weapons between both parties.
The United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence has extended its contract with Systematic to continue to provide expert support to the UK's involvement in the Multilateral Interoperability Programme (MIP). The contract is valued at more than £1 million (nearly $2 million). Systematic provides maintenance for the UK MIP Gateway, the capability for a bilateral United States-UK military interoperability exercise in 2010, support to a UK-French military exercise planned for June 2011, and continued technical support for the UK's membership and contribution to MIP standardization working groups and MIP test events.
Helyx SIS Limited has been selected by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence to help define requirements for, and support delivery of the Future Deployable Geospatial Intelligence (FDG) capability. The Future Deployable Geospatial Intelligence Capability will provide an underpinning component of Network Enabled Capacity, supporting shared situational awareness and the decision support process. The aim of the project is to rationalize and upgrade the current geospatial intelligence capability to meet the projected range of military activities and intelligence requirements, including its closer integration into the wider defence intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance infrastructure. The project will provide enhanced geospatial intelligence capability to support operations in the land, air and maritime domains.