Thales contracted to support Royal Thai Navy’s minehunters and OPVs

3 May 2016 (Last Updated May 3rd, 2016 18:30)

Thales has been awarded two contracts from the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) to upgrade RTN's minehunters and provide an integrated combat suite for its offshore patrol vessels (OPV).

Thales has been awarded two contracts from the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) to upgrade RTN's minehunters and provide an integrated combat suite for its offshore patrol vessels (OPV).

The company will serve as the prime contractor for the upgrade of the RTN's two Bang Rachan Class minehunters, HTMS Bang Rachan and HTMS Nong Sarai.

Under the modernisation contract, Thales will perform a range of functions, such as providing a revised vessel design, conducting repairs, supply equipment, and platform integration.

“Thales will provide an integrated solution that includes the TACTICOS combat management system and an integrated bridge and navigation suite.”

The vessels will also be equipped with new solutions, including a machinery control system, navigation systems, upgraded communications capabilities, Sonar TSM 2022 MkIII with M-CUBE command and control (C2), and a multi-influence signature range to manage RTN ships' signatures.

Thales will collaborate with the local industry while performing the upgrading works. The contract will also see the company offer training and integrated logistic support (ILS) for the RTN.

For the RTN's second Krabi Class OPV, Thales will provide an integrated solution that includes the TACTICOS combat management system and an integrated bridge and navigation suite.

Thales will also supply Variant surveillance radar, Stir 1.2 EO Mk2 fire control radar, and Vigile Electronic Support Measures with SKWS chaff launcher.

Furthermore, Tactical Data Links Link RTN and LINK-Y Mk2 and all internal and external communication systems, and artillery including a 76mm gun, two 30mm guns and Harpoon surface-to-surface missiles (SSM) will also be supplied.

The vessel, which is to be built by Bangkok Dock, is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2018.