Thales UK will provide support services for the integrated communications system (FICS) of the UK Royal Navy’s Daring Class destroyers under a six-ship, seven-year support contract awarded by BAE Systems.

Under the contract, Thales will support the destroyers’ internal and external FICS and will also provide support services for a single shore-based reference system.

Work will be carried out by Thales UK at its Crawley facility and delivered in two stages, including mobilisation and in-service support beginning on HMS Daring.

The Royal Navy’s Type 45 Class destroyer uses the principal anti-air missile system (PAAMS) as the main armament to defend itself and other ships while in escort missions.

The 152.4m-long and 21.2m-wide Daring Class destroyer has a displacement capacity of 7,350t, accommodation for up to 235 and a cruising speed in excess of 29kt.