Thales announces OCCAr contract signing
Thales has announced that Eurosam, its joint venture with MBDA, has signed the first Integrated In-Service Support (IISS) contract with the Organisation for Joint Armaments Cooperation (OCCAr). The company announced the complex five-year contract worth €360m, 26 July 2012.
This is the first joint, multisystem and multinational support contract for Naval & Ground Medium range Air Defence Systems.
According to the company, throughout the lifetime of the contract, in-service support will be provided to three nations; France, Italy and the UK, and to five armed forces, the French Air Force, the Italian Army, the British Royal Navy and the Italian and French navies.
Thales is specifically responsible for the Firing Control System (SAAM-Fr) of the French Navy’s aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle; the Long Range Radar (S1850) of the French and Italian Horizon frigates; the Firing Control System (PAAMS) software of the French and Italian Horizon frigates; and the Firing Control System of 17 French and Italian ground medium range air defence systems (SAMP/T). All land and naval weapon systems provided to end users will benefit from this continued support for the SAMP-T, SAAM-FR, SAAM-IT, PAAMS.
Thales said the contract ‘will not only allow the rationalisation of the needed industrial support capabilities and the continued support to the armed forces for these weapons systems but also ensure the consistency of their evolution.’
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