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Euronaval 2016: Thales and DCI partner in underwater and EW training

16th October 2016 - 12:00 by Richard Thomas in London

Euronaval 2016: Thales and DCI partner in underwater and EW training

Thales and the French DCI have concluded two partnership agreements relating to undersea warfare and electronic warfare systems.

In an announcement on Friday, Thales revealed a training agreement with the DCI that will see the two parties collaborate on undersea warfare training. This agreement will allow the naval branch of DCI and the undersea warfare systems branch of Thales to collaborate in training and services.

The deal will see a training capability offered around the world to customers and naval services ‘who wish to acquire or reinforce their underwater warfare capacity’, stated the release. 

Between Thales and the DCI the partnership covers a range of activities, including the sale of ‘simulation solutions, technical and operational training, assistance, consultancy and support for navies and users’.

DCI chairman Jean-Michel Palagos said: ‘This association with Thales… represents a huge opportunity to develop the quality of our training for customer countries that wish to expand their competences in these sectors.’

In 2015 the two parties concluded an initial agreement in the airborne electronic warfare sector, which will now include the naval sector. 

Merry Michaux, VP for Thales’s military aerospace support and services business, stated: ‘The combination of our respective expertise brings our customers real added value in two important sectors for our armed forces. As shown by the previous agreement, the flexibility of our approach represents an effective response to the capacity optimization needs of our customers.’

Thales provide a range of naval training solutions to developing and developed navies. In February this year the company agreed a deal with the German Navy to modernise its tactical and procedural trainer that increased its capacity in participation in networked exercises on an international scale.

For more from Euronaval 2016, see our dedicated news page.

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