Thales has received a new £100m contract from the British Royal Navy to deliver through-life support for the navy fleet’s communications systems.
Thales’ communications solutions have also been installed on the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, which are slated to begin service with the navy in the near future.
The company will be responsible for maintaining, supporting and managing through-life the communications systems across the majority of the navy fleet’s platforms under the seven-year arrangement.
The deal covers the latest systems installed on-board the new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers and Type 45 Destroyers, as well as older systems deployed on landing platform docks and other platforms.
Thales UK chief executive officer Victor Chavez said: “The Royal Navy relies on Thales for its key sensors, communications, sonar, radar and electronic warfare systems, giving the fleet that critical situational awareness capability.
“This latest communications support contract builds upon our century-long relationship with the Royal Navy providing its critical communications systems and will ensure that those systems are ready to meet the daily challenges of operations for years to come.”
The advanced communications systems integrated on the aircraft carriers will allow the crew to securely communicate with each other within the vessel and its aircraft, as well as the rest of the navy and associated task groups, allies, civilian ships and air traffic anywhere worldwide.
These solutions are critical to ensuring the carriers’ safe and effective operation and build on the existing base currently installed across the Royal Navy.
Thales’ latest contract will generate approximately 40 job opportunities across the UK at the company’s Crawley, Portsmouth, Plymouth and Bristol facilities.
It will also involve more than 40 UK companies across the associated global supply chain.
Image: The British Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. Photo: courtesy of the Ministry of Defence.