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Thales nets £169 million contract for Dreadnought submarine masts

13th July 2023 - 11:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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A rendering of the future Dreadnought-class deterrent submarine. (Photo: UK MoD/ Crown Copyright)

Thales has been awarded a £169 million ($220 million) contract for the UK RN's future Dreadnought submarines Integrated Combat System Mast.

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The mast provides the submarine's above-water picture, combining visual sensors, electronic warfare and communications capabilities into a single package.

The company is already on contract to provide the Sonar 2076 system for Dreadnought, which comprises the boat's bow, flank, fin, and towed arrays,

The new award continues a 100-year trend of equipping RN submarines with Thales-produced periscopes or optronic masts.

Defence Procurement Minister James Cartlidge said: 'This is a clear investment in maintaining the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent.

'By providing the 'eyes' of the new Dreadnought-

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