Thales bags Qatar military SATCOM contract
Thales will supply the armed forces of Qatar with a military satellite communications system under a contract announced on 20 October.
The contract will see Thales provide the ground segment system needed to transmit and receive communications via satellite, and to process data on the ground. The system will provide Qatari ground and naval forces with a long-range communications capability to enhance national security.
The solution is built around Thales's System 21 technology to provide secure, high-data-rate transmissions. This fully proven system has been selected by several NATO countries.
The Network Operations Centre, also provided by Thales, will be used for planning and managing the complete system, which will be operated by the Qatari armed forces.
The solution will be interoperable with the other communications systems in service within the Qatar armed forces, including combat radios and fixed networks.
Abdulaziz Falah Al-Dosari, assistant for technology to the Minister of State for Defence Affairs, said: ‘We are today selecting Thales after a rigorous procurement process and over a year of technical evaluation. Thales has been chosen thanks to its technical solution.’
The solution will be delivered on a turnkey basis, and integrated teams will be set up to ensure the transfer of skills from Thales to the customer.
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