Thales Awarded Royal Navy Services Contract

MarineLink.com
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Thales U.K. signed a 10-year contract with the Ministry of Defense (MOD), worth up to £600 million, for the in-service support of the Royal Navy’s major sensor systems.

The new Sensors Support Optimization Project (SSOP) builds on the Thales’s Contractor Logistics Support contract, originally signed in 2003, which has provided support to the Royal Navy’s sonar and electronic warfare systems for the past 10 years.

Under the terms of SSOP, the in-service support contract has been extended to include all of the Royal Navy’s submarine visual systems, including periscopes for the Vanguard and Trafalgar Class submarines and the non-hull-penetrating optronic masts for the Astute Class submarines, previously supported under separate contract arrangements with Thales U.K.’s optronics business in Glasgow. This means Thales is now providing significant in-service support to the ‘eyes and ears’ of the submarine fleet, as well as across the major surface sonar and electronic warfare systems. The contract will be run through the Equipment Support Delivery Team, which is a joint MOD/Thales U.K. team based in Abbey Wood, Bristol. This team is augmented by several Thales and J+S Ltd waterfront engineers in the Royal Navy’s three naval bases (Portsmouth, Plymouth and Faslane), who together ensure that specialist technical advice and support is delivered whenever it is needed to ensure the continued availability of the sensor systems, both at home and overseas.

Philip Dunne, Minister for Defense Equipment, Support and Technology, signed the contract during a visit to Thales’s facility in Crawley today. He said, “This contract is good news for the Ministry of Defense and U.K. industry. Not only will it secure a number of jobs across the U.K. whilst delivering savings but will also provide essential support for the combat equipment that helps give the Royal Navy’s fleet of ships and submarines a vital technological edge wherever they are based in the world.”

Victor Chavez, CEO of Thales U.K., said, “This contract recognizes the value that can be achieved and the savings that can be delivered through a long-term services agreement. It also reflects the successful way in which Thales U.K. has delivered the required outputs over the past ten years. This project refines that approach to optimize performance over the next ten years, and reinforces our positive well-established relationship with the Royal Navy.” During the previous support contract, the levels of equipment availability have improved significantly and substantial overall savings in the cost of support have been achieved. The new SSOP contract builds on this experience and success, from the outset delivering further savings to the MOD whilst continuing to deliver high levels of available and serviceable equipment.

The new contract secures employment for 230 Thales employees and a further 300 people within the extended supply chain across the U.K.

Major suppliers to Thales include J+S Ltd (Barnstaple, Devon), MacTaggart Scott (Loanhead, Scotland), Atlas Elektronik U.K. (Newport, South Wales and Winfrith, Dorset), Parkburn Ltd (Telford, Shropshire), AB Precision (Poole) Ltd (Dorset), and Defence Support Group (Sealand, Flintshire).

Thales U.K. will support the project from its sites in Templecombe, Cheadle Heath, Glasgow and Crawley, where ongoing development of these important systems will enable yet further improvements to be made in the levels of capability and availability.
 

Maritime Reporter July 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Tugboat Capsizes Near 106th Bridge, Chicago

The Coast Guard informs it is responding to the capsize of a tug on the Calumet River near the 106th St. Bridge in Chicago, in which the two crew members were able

Oceanteam Focuses on Mexico Strategy

Oceanteam Shipping ASA releases its Q2 2014 financial report, with extracts as follows: The company says it saw, with its early focus on Mexico, a long term

HAL & Kelly Clark in ‘Attorneys Who Matter’ List Again

The Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, recognized Holland America Line and Seabourn’s

Contracts

Oceanteam Focuses on Mexico Strategy

Oceanteam Shipping ASA releases its Q2 2014 financial report, with extracts as follows: The company says it saw, with its early focus on Mexico, a long term

Wärtsilä Signs Harvey Gulf OSV Maintenance Agreement

Wärtsilä says it has signed a long-term Technical Management Agreement with Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC (Harvey Gulf). This five-year agreement covers

Latest Ocean-Going Shipbuilding Orders

Clarkson Hellas notes in its latest 'S&P Weekly Bulletin' shipbuilding orders placed in the dry bulk, tankship, gas carrier and containership sectors, as follows: Dry

Navy

Textron Awarded $22-M Navy LCAC Contract Modification

The US Department of Defense informs that Textron Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, is being awarded a $21,904,620 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2401)

EU to Help Italy Cope with Boat Migrants

The European Commission said on Wednesday it would launch an EU version of Italy's sea rescue operation to help it deal with the droves of migrants crossing the

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 27

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 27 1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off France 1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon,

Marine Equipment

Reflex Marine to Bring FROG-6 into Mexico

Reflex Marine has been granted approval by the Mexican Merchant Marines to sell its crane transfer device, the FROG-6, in Mexico. The certification is a result

MN 100: Scania USA Inc.

121 Interpark Blvd. Ste. 1002 San Antonio, Texas 78216 Tel: (210) 679-3126  Email: smurdock@scaniausainc.com Website: www.scaniausa.com President & CEO:

MN 100: gplink

1500 Sensation Weigh Beaufort, NC 28516 Tel: (252) 504-2640    Email: dwebb@gplink.com Website: www.gplink.com President & CEO: Greg Poole, III The Company: gplink

Underwater Engineering

Seadrill's Q2 2014 Revenue Holds Nearly Steady

Revenues for the second quarter of 2014 were US$1,222 million compared to US$1,221 million in the first quarter of 2014, according to the company's financial report.

Rock On: UK's Kent Beach Flood Defence Starts

Rocks are being delivered as work by Van Oord starts on the £30m scheme to protect 1,400 properties at Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme in Kent, informs UK's Environment Agency.

Wood Group Kenny Wins 2 Contracts from Petrobras

Wood Group Kenny (WGK) has won two contracts with a total value of over $2 million with Brazilian operator Petrobras. In the first, WGK has begun a conceptual

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2138 sec (5 req/sec)