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Thales awarded French sonar system work

12th February 2018 - 09:02 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Thales has received a contract from the French defence procurement agency to conduct a set of studies and technological developments for a sonar system to equip France’s future nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, the company announced on 7 February.

These developments take into account the current and future threat environment and support Thales's efforts to complete design and qualification of a large antenna system and related processing capabilities.

The programme will include final validation of the fourth-generation flank arrays and the development of a new sonar interceptor, with latest-generation adaptive antenna processing and threat classification algorithms as well as an innovative bow-mounted antenna concept.

The contract follows an award announced in 2016 to develop the ALRO towed linear array based on optical technology.

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