The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has selected Thales to develop several capability projects for the country's navy in the areas of electronic warfare, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and security and surveillance.

The wide range of solutions to be provided by Thales will enable the UAE Navy to perform its missions in protecting the country and enhance its coastal security, as well as ensure the protection of critical infrastructures.

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Thales has deployed its latest full suite of naval solutions on board the UAE Navy’s first-of-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Arialah, and has been dedicated to the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA).

Thales International Development senior executive vice-president Pascale Sourisse said: “Coastal security and protection of critical infrastructure are of paramount importance to the UAE.

“As a key player in defence and security in this region, Thales is delighted to support our longstanding partners the UAE Armed Forces with these next-generation systems.”

"As a key player in defence and security, Thales is delighted to support our longstanding partners the UAE Armed Forces with these next-generation systems."

The company has deployed its 3D multi-beam radar SMART-S Mk2 as part of the capability development programme, which has been optimised for medium-to-long-range surveillance in littoral environment, in addition to its combat management system TACTICOS.

It has also supplied the UAE Navy with its medium-to-long range tracking and illumination radar system STIR, and lightweight and compact electro-optical multi-sensor MIRADOR.

Thales delivers electronic warfare solutions, ALTESSE and VIGILE 100 Mk2, to ensure electromagnetic compatibility with advanced shipboard systems, along with precisely recognising threats in complex radiofrequency environments encountered in littoral waters.

The UAE Navy has also announced a contract for the procurement of Captas-1, which will be the latest addition to the Captas sonar family.