The Mexican Navy has launched the first vessel, the ARM Reformador, from its new Patrullera Oceanica de Largo Alcance (POLA) class, at the ASTIMAR-20 shipyard in Salina Cruz.

This vessel will help advance the Mexican Navy’s ambition to protect its Mexican territorial waters.

Thales vice president for Latin America Ruben Lazo said: “Security and protection of coastlines and maritime areas are critical for Mexico. Thales, as a key industrial partner to Mexico, is delighted to continue to support the Mexican Navy in their mission to secure their country’s coastlines.

“Thales has made full use of its strong connectivity capabilities and integrated both its own subsystems, as well as third party subsystems in one powerful operational mission system. Thales’s decisive technologies will help the Mexican Navy to take the best decision in decisive moments.”

With a weight of 2,600t, the ARM Reformador is fitted with a full Thales mission suite, which allows the ship crew to carry out their surveillance and security missions.

"With a weight of 2,600t, the ARM Reformador is fitted with a full Thales mission suite, which allows the ship crew to carry out their surveillance and security missions."

Under a Transfer of Technology agreement, engineers of the Mexican Navy took part in the engineering, integration and test activities of the mission suite.

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Thales’s mission suite comprises the Tacticos Combat Management System (TCMS), including ten operator consoles and a large collaboration wall, the STIR 1.2 EO Mk2 Radar and EO Tracking system, the SMART-S Mk2 Air and Surface Surveillance Radar, the CAPTAS 2 Variable Depth Sonar and the Gatekeeper Electro-optical Ship Security system.

The TCMS is integrated with the C-Guard Decoy launcher and RIGEL Radar-Electronic Support Measures and Radar-Electronic Counter Measures systems.

Thales also delivers and integrates a complete armament suite including RAM Surface to Air Missile launcher, Harpoon Surface to Surface missile launcher, 57 mm gun, Mk38 25 mm Machine Gun with console and 12.7 mm machine guns.

For Thales, this is the first naval contract in Mexico and the first export contract for its Gatekeeper.