Thales Consolidates Position in UAE’s Naval Market

02.03.2017 UAE
The first of Class offshore patrol vessel, Arialah, inaugurated at NAVDEX 2017 (©Thales)

The first of Class offshore patrol vessel, Arialah, inaugurated at NAVDEX 2017 (©Thales)

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Thales has been selected for several significant projects to develop the capabilities of the United Arab Emirates Navy in the fields of electronic warfare, anti-submarine warfare as well as security and surveillance. The solutions will allow the Navy to perform its missions in protecting the UAE.

Arialah, the latest offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the UAE Navy, has been showcased at NAVDEX 2017. Thales’s latest full suite of naval solutions has been delivered onboard the first of Class, dedicated to the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA).

As part of the suite Thales has installed its latest 3D multibeam radar, SMART-S Mk2, optimized for medium-to-long-range surveillance in littoral environment and its combat management system, TACTICOS.

Thales also delivered STIR, a medium-to-long range tracking and illumination radar system and MIRADOR, a lightweight and compact electro-optical multi-sensor.

The Group also provides electronic warfare solutions on the class: ALTESSE and VIGILE 100 Mk2 to guarantee electromagnetic compatibility with modern shipboard systems and precisely identify threats in complex radiofrequency environments encountered in littoral waters.

At last week’s NAVDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, the UAE Navy announced a contract for the purchase of the latest addition to the Captas sonar family, the Captas-1. Captas-1 is single ceramic ring high-performance sonar. It has been specifically designed for small surface combatants and patrol vessels. The Captas-1 will reinforce the Navy’s capabilities in anti-submarine warfare missions including escort, minesweeping and force protection.

As long term partner of the UAE Navy for sonars solutions, Thales already provided the Emirates with Captas-2 and Flash dipping sonars.

“Coastal security and protection of critical infrastructure are of paramount importance to the UAE. Thales, as a key player in defense and security in this region, is delighted to support our longstanding partners the UAE Armed Forces, with these next-generation systems,” said Pascale Sourisse, SEVP International Development at Thales.

In 2016, Sophie handheld thermal cameras have been supplied to the UAE Navy for target location and surveillance applications.

Thales is working closely with local companies to provide know-how and contribute to their sustainable growth. Thales has been selected by Abu Dhabi Ship Building company (ADSB) to develop Through Life Capability Management (TLCM) to ensure all vessels in the region are maintained at peak operational performance and will provide high level support and maintenance services.

Thales has been awarded a follow-on support contract for Joint Aviation Command (JAC) helicopters.

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defense and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14 billion in 2015. With over 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Present in the Middle East for over 45 years, Thales has developed relations and partnerships with countries in this region and is widely recognized as a reliable partner for local companies. The Group today has about 1,800 employees in the region.

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