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France-based DCNS has been awarded a single-award, firm fixed-price contract to participate in the system engineering and integration of the Nato ballistic missile defence (BMD) programme.

As part of the four-year contract, DCNS will contribute to the definition, specification, integration and testing of BMD architectures.

The agreement comes with two one-year options, including one eight-month option, which when exercised will bring the total value of the contract to $77m.

DCNS Programmes senior vice-president Pierre Legros said: "DCNS is the prime contractor for the FREMM Frigates, the most technologically advanced combat ships on the market, two of which will be dedicated to air and missile defence for the French Navy and for the Horizon Frigates Combat Management System maintenance.

"These frigates are strong candidates to contribute to the future Nato BMD architectures."

"These frigates are strong candidates to contribute to the future Nato BMD architectures."

Led by a Leidos team, the multinational industrial consortium also includes Turkey’s Aselsan, Boeing, Parsons, the UK’s QinetiQ, Canada-based RIMPAC and the Netherlands’ Thales, as well as German firm TMS.

The team will provide services that involve defining, specifying, testing and verifying the proposed Nato BMD architectures and requirements with the help of an integration test bed.

Nato’s BMD aims to provide an active defence for the protection of alliance territory and populations, as well as deployed military forces and critical assets, against a wide range of ballistic missiles threats.

As part of the programme, the BMD system seeks to integrate existing and future national weapon systems, sensors, command and control systems with the Nato Battle Management Command Control Communications and Intelligence system.

Image: DCNS will support Nato’s BMD programme. Photo: courtesy of DCNS.