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  • Electronic Warfare MRAP
    Electronic Warfare MRAP 5 July 2020
    Land vehicle-based electronic warfare (EW) systems offer appropriate solutions for missions such as providing convoy security and tactical field security, signal intelligence and information gathering. The Netherlands, which has different EW equipment in its inventory, received delivery of the Bushmaster 4x4 MRAP (Mine Resistant Armor Protected) based electronic warfare system. According to the statement made by the defence ministry of the country, the first platform will enter serv...
  • Nellie Era of Thales
    Nellie Era of Thales 2 July 2020
    Night vision systems are the key solution for the personnel to continue their duties under dark conditions. With developing technology, these systems continue to advance. Thales, operating in France, introduced Nellie, infantry night vision goggles (NVG). Providing three-dimensional images, the hardware also improves the user's sense of the depth of field. In the system used with a flip-up equipment on the vertical axis, the weight element was prioritized. With a weight of ...
  • First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation
    First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation 19 June 2020
    The "Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aviation" organized for the fifth time this year will be held through virtual and face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICDDA event organized by the OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA) every two years to meet the right people in the Defence, aviation and space sectors, will open its doors in Ankara on October 13-15. The event will have a hybrid structure, as both virtual and face-to-face bilateral busi...
  • First Guided Missile Frigate Completed Delivery Voyage
    First Guided Missile Frigate Completed Delivery Voyage 18 June 2020
    The Philippines, which carries out activities for the establishment of the army again with a stronger infrastructure, is experiencing delivery exictement. BRP Joze Rizal (FF 150), the first guided-missile frigate ordered by the Philippines to the Republic of Korea, arrived in the country. Reaching the country in the last week of May, the platform was quarantined for two weeks due to the COVID-19 process. The Frigate was officially put into service with a ceremony attended by Ph...
  • Martlet Firing Trials
    Martlet Firing Trials 28 May 2020
    Ship-based rotary-wing aircraft launched air-to-surface missiles are critical for missions such as helicopter attacks on hostile platforms and elimination of asymmetrical elements. The UK Ministry of Defence announced that a missile test launch was carried out in the Aberporth Range located on the West Coast of Wales as part of the FASGW (Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon) program. This trial was carried out under the program of integration of Martlet guided projectil...
  • Rafales Deployed to Middile East for Reconnaissance
    Rafales Deployed to Middile East for Reconnaissance 23 May 2020
    Unmanned platforms are becoming widespread in reconnaissance missions. Despite this, manned recon still remains important. Combat jets can easily be turned into reconnaissance aircraft thanks to plug-and-play reconnaissance pods. According to the statement made by the French Ministry of Defence, Rafales were deployed for reconnaissance tasks in the Middle East geography within the scope of the fight against ISIS. The platforms are equipped with RECO-NG discovery-observation pod...
  • New Frigate Set Sail for Delivery
    New Frigate Set Sail for Delivery 21 May 2020
    Philippines, which has prepared a stronger naval infrastructure within the scope of the restructuring of the armed forces, is close to receiving its first guided missile frigate. BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the first platform of the Jose Rizal class frigates ordered by the Philippines to the Republic of Korea, set sail from the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard following the completion of its construction and testing activities. The ship, which sails to the Philippines for the commissi...
  • Production Rate Doubled
    Production Rate Doubled 24 April 2020
    COVID-19, which makes its impact felt all over the world, seems to be missed some processes, although it affects studies in the defence industry. Thales, which has delivered its first batch of Hawkei vehicles to Australia in the past few weeks, announced that it has increased its production speed. Company increased production rate twice at Bendigo Facilities, where the Hawkei production line based, and stated that the decision was made in order to meet the orders of Canberra go...
  • Indonesia to Modernise Frigate
    Indonesia to Modernise Frigate 11 March 2020
    Indonesia, which is founded on islands, has taken action to improve its naval capabilities due to increase of international naval movements in the region, . The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) took a new step to modernize the Bung-Tomo class corvettes. In this context, the mission systems of KRI Usman-Harun (359) corvette will be improved. In line with the activities to be carried out in partnership with the state-owned company PT-LEN Industri, Thales TACTICOS combat ma...
  • Sectorel News Issue 82 15 February 2020
    Network-Centric Mortar from Thales F-135s Retesting Sig Sauer Machine Gun to Special Forces V-22 for Carrier-borne Delivery BAAINBw Preferred Enforcer ODIN instead of ALIS in F-35 Last Tiger to Spain Dassault and Thales Partnership to France SIGINT Aircraft Iron Fist for Eitan Mass Production Period for National Engine of Anka Ships are Safer with ALACA Ukrainian Tanks Communicate wit...
  • Thales Mortar for SCORPION
    Thales Mortar for SCORPION 31 January 2020
    The sixth procurement contract was announced in the SCORPION Program, which was launched by the France to meet modern battlefield requirements and to adapt its configuration to network-centric warfare. Under the agreement, called MEPAC and signed on December 30, 54 Griffon VBMRs equipped with a mortar will be supplied for the French Army. Within the SCORPION Program, DGA plans to procure 1872 Griffons by 2025. The armoured mortar vehicle variant of the Griffons, will be equippe...
  • Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane
    Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane 24 January 2020
    The French Defence procurement agency, Direction Générale De L’armement (DGA) has awarded the Archange (formerly known as Epicure ) airborne strategic intelligence program to Dassault Aviation and Thales. The total value of the contract is unknown. This program will see three Dassault Falcon 8X being fitted with Thales electronic intelligence technologies.  Falcon Archange will detect electromagnetic signals emitted on the battlefield, allowing the French ar...
  • Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets
    Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets 10 January 2020
    Rheinmetall and Thales have signed an agreement to support together with the future developments, qualification and production of the 70mm (2.75”) guided and unguided rockets solutions for helicopters as well as potentially other new platforms in Germany. Two international groups will propose complementary capabilities for the Tiger MK3 program. The Thales 70mm (2.75”) rocket systems are currently operated on UHT Tiger and under certification on Airbus Helicopters H145M....
  • French Navy Receives First Two Upgraded ATL2s
    French Navy Receives First Two Upgraded ATL2s 30 October 2019
    The French procurement agency Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) has authorised the transfer of the first two upgraded Dassault Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the French Navy, the French ministry for armed forces announced on 24 October. French Navy operates 22 ATL2 MPA. Eighteen MPAs will be upgraded to the new version called 'Standard 6' to allow the aircraft to operate until 2030. The upgrade programme includes the de...
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates 28 October 2019
    The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention /FDI) took place on the Naval Group site of Lorient. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué Général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck, the Chief of the Hellenic Na...
  • Babcock Arrowhead 140 wins the Type 31e Frigate
    Babcock Arrowhead 140 wins the Type 31e Frigate 15 September 2019
    The Royal Navy has selected Babcock as its preferred bidder to build the UK’s new fleet of five Type 31 frigates. The new Babcock Arrowhead 140 ships, will be designated Type 31 by the Royal Navy. The ships will be smaller than the Type 26 fleet currently under construction. They will replace the Type 23. The programme will be led by Babcock with support from Thales. The ships will cost around £250m per vessel and once complete will be based across the World.
  • Unmanned Era on MineSweeper
    Unmanned Era on MineSweeper 10 August 2019
    The unmanned surface vessel of the SLAMF/MMCM (Système de Lutte Anti-Mines du Futur / Maritime Mine Counter Measures) program carried out a demonstration of its capabilities in Brest harbour in June 2019. Testing with teams from the French Navy, French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and Thales is ongoing while qualification for the whole system is set for December this year. SLAMF results from Franco-British cooperation initiated in 2010 as part of the Lancaster House agr...
  • Delay in Ocean Airspace Control
    Delay in Ocean Airspace Control 2 August 2019
    The OneSKY programme to modernise and integrate Australia’s civil and defence air traffic management systems is running 10 years late and will cost more than double the original estimate to acquire, the Australian National Audit Office has reported. OneSKY is an advanced civil/military airspace integration project that intends to modernise Australian and associated oceanic airspace. Australian airspace covers 11% of the globe and includes several of the world’s busiest a...
  • LLM is at Trial
    LLM is at Trial 17 July 2019
    After the recent UK tension with Iran around the Strait of Hormuz, the Royal British Navy successfully tested the Thales developed Martlet LLM missile to provide close defence on the warships. The Martlet originally designed to be fired by air and navy platforms. Four missiles were fired in the test to try to defend against speedboats. The missile was fired from the LLM missile system developed by ASELSAN and Thales between 2010-14. The service has not specified which vessel classes will even...
  • Strategic Cooperation Result: 382 Griffon and 60 Jaguar 1 July 2019
      The intergovernmental strategic cooperation agreement between the Government of the France and Belgium on their cooperation in the field of land mobility, came into force on June 21. This contract calls for the delivery to the Belgian Army of 382 Griffon multi-role armoured vehicles and 60 Jaguar data-driven reconnaissance and combat vehicles between 2025 and 2030, both of which are developed by a consortium formed of Nexter, Thales and Arquus. These vehicles will b...
  • UK Modernization for Estonian Ships
    UK Modernization for Estonian Ships 16 May 2019
    Estonia's Sandown class mines have been modernized in the United Kingdom. Within the scope of modernization; Thales 2093 variable depth sonar, replaced with Thales 2193 hull-mounted sonar. In this way, the platforms became more compatible with the shallow waters of the Baltic. In the work carried out in Rosyth-based Babcock Facilities, the combat center was modernized and the M-Cube system integration of the Thales production system. The 4 ton capacity cranes on the sh...
  • Decoy Procurement to F-35s
    Decoy Procurement to F-35s 9 April 2019
    Australia has announced a $ 78 million decoy procurement. Decoys that will be used in F-35A Lightning and F/A-18F Super Hornet platforms will be purchased under Air 6000 Phase 3 project. It is stated that the systems will be supplied in order to ensure the safety of the aircraft in high-density combat areas. It will also procured from Thales Australia. Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, who made a statement about the procurement process, reported that the number of platfo...
  • Sector News Issue 71 16 March 2019
    Daewoo, Back to Roots Leonardo’s Cyber Signature on NATO The USA Said “Gustav” India Seeks Thales’ Hydras Sikorsky’s Two-in-One: HH-60W METEOR Shower beyond the Horizon Ambitious Missile by Rafael  “METE”s in the Inventory MKEK to Supply 50,000 MPT-76  Meteksan’s Kement Launches from the Ground F-16 Fitted with ASELSAN Armour F...
  • Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar
    Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar 15 February 2019
    Thales has developed, in collaboration with the Dutch Army, a multi-mission radar system to enhance air defence capabilities. Thales announced on February 12 that it has developed a radar system in collaboration with the land forces of the Netherlands. This multi-mission MMR radar helps strengthen air defence by monitoring airspace and detecting and tracking aircraft, missiles and other air targets that may be present. "The MMR radar is able to track and record in real time any type of t...
  • Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile
    Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile 15 February 2019
      Two Rafale, from the French Air Force and the French Navy, carried out the first two test shots of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile on 13 February 2019. The French defence ministry ministry announced that two Rafale participated on February 13, 2019 in the first two experimental shots of the missile Meteor. It was a Rafale piloted by personnel from the Air Force, Center of Expertise (CEAM) and a Rafale Marine with a pilot from the Center for Practical Experi...
  • Rheinmetall May Sue Germany Over Saudi Arms Embargo: Spiegel
    Rheinmetall May Sue Germany Over Saudi Arms Embargo: Spiegel 22 January 2019
    Rheinmetall plans to sue the German government over its decision to stop all arms exports to Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Spiegel Online. Berlin suspended approval of future export licenses to Saudi Arabia in October and in November said it had worked with industry to halt shipments of arms sales that were already approved. Citing a letter to the Economy Ministry, Spiegel said Rheinmetall intends to sue the German government fo...
  • F4 Turn for Rafale
    F4 Turn for Rafale 16 January 2019
    After the France’s, decision of upgrading all Rafales to F3 standard, works on new F4 variant has launched. Dassault, who does not want Rafale to fall behind its modern combat requirements, has started development work for the F4 model. The work for the F4 model was officially launched at the ceremony held at the Mérignac Facility of Dassault. In this way, the company aims to produce a product that meets the world standards of Rafale and maintains its strength in the ex...
  • French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale
    French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale 15 January 2019
    The French Navy (Marine Nationale/ MN) has received the first Dassault Rafale combat aircraft (serial number 30) to be upgraded to the latest F3R standard. The F3R standard of the Rafale offers several hardware and software enhancements over the F3 aircraft. The first aircraft will be prepared for delivery to the fighter detachment of the 10 Squadron of the Naval Aviation Experimental and Evaluation Centre, located at Hyères near Marseilles. If the forthcoming trial...
  • Qualification Process of TALIOS OK
    Qualification Process of TALIOS OK 21 November 2018
    Another important milestone in the qualification process of the TALIOS optronic pod which developed by Thales is behind. The system has completed the qualification tests of the French defence procurement agency DGA.   The TALIOS system, developed as suitable with Rafale F3R platforms, incorporates electro-optical and infrared sensors. With the pod, which has features such as stabilization and image processing, the aircraft can engage in long range moving targets. With...
  • France Accuses Russia Of Spying on Military From Space
    France Accuses Russia Of Spying on Military From Space 9 September 2018
    A Russian satellite tried last year to spy on a Franco-Italian satellite Athena Fidus to follow secured military communications, denounced Friday, September 7 the French minister of armies Florence Parly in a speech dedicated to space.  "this big-eared satellite is called Louch-Olymp, it's a well-known Russian satellite but a bit ... Indiscreet," she continued. She said it approached the French-Italian satellite launched in 2014 and used for secure military commun...
  • New French Missile Tested
    New French Missile Tested 8 August 2018
    The BAT-120 GL started firing tests. Thales, announced that firing tests of BAT-120 GL laser-guided low-weight air to ground missile test. It was announced that the a prototype fitted with a guidance kit has tested. Flight test was conducted with the Mirage 2000D in the Biscarrosse Test Area in southwest France. During the test the target was not used and a single rocket fired. BAT (Bombe d'Appui Tactique Bomb) -120 GL, developed by Thales and Thomson Brandt Armements,...
  • France will be Up-Armored with Scorpion
    France will be Up-Armored with Scorpion 7 August 2018
    France has decided to increase its defense budget for the past month. Following this decision, France's defense budget for 2025 will reach 2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This means 295 billion Euro will spend for defence in seven years by France. After the budget increase, France stepped forward on the Scorpion Program. Through the Scorpion Program, it is planned that the (Groupement Tactique Inter-Armes / GTIA) will increase the number of communications and cooper...
  • ROKETSAN Press Release
    ROKETSAN Press Release 18 July 2018
    Today during the Farnborough Air Show in the UK Roketsan and Thales signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on energetic systems with new solutions where their combined strengths of market leading resources and expertise enhance the development of new products and capabilities.
  • STM competes for Brazilian CCT
    STM competes for Brazilian CCT 25 June 2018
    STM announced from its twitter account that the company has signed an MoU with Brasfels Shipyard, Brazil to bid on the Brazilian Navy's Tamandaré-class Corvette (CCT) Project. STM and Brasfels Shipyard will be competing against nine contenders. CCT for Brasil is a variant of the MILGEM Ada Class Corvette. The Navy received on June 18th, nine commercial proposals from companies interested in building the CCT project. According to the Brazilian naval force, the proposals wi...
  • Additional Bushmasters in the Far East
    Additional Bushmasters in the Far East 21 May 2018
    Japan has received four additional Bushmaster MRAP vehicles. Thales Australia's vehicles have proven effective in Afghanistan and Iraq. Japan, which ordered the first four packs in April 2014, signaled that there might be additional Bushmaster supplies in January 2018. Developed in the mid-1990s, Bushmaster has a monocoque body. It can resist 7.62-millimeter ammunition and 9.5 kilograms of TNT and sold more than 1000 units.
  • Jaguar 6x6 Unveiled
    Jaguar 6x6 Unveiled 18 May 2018
    A prototype of France's Jaguar 6x6 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) was unveiled at the Nexter facilities on 16 May. The vehicle was developed jointly by Nexter, Renault Trucks, and Thales under  France's Scorpion multi-role armoured vehicle programme. A total of 248 Jaguars are planned for acquisition by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA).  Jaguar features a gross weight of 25t and can carry a crew of up to three members. The vehic...
  • Thales To Supply Radars for French Frigates
    Thales To Supply Radars for French Frigates 9 May 2018
    Thales announced that it has started production of the first Sea Fire radar for the French Navy’s FTI future medium-size frigates. Designed for roles ranging from ship self-defense to extended air defense, Sea Fire is fully solid-state multifunction radar with a four-panel phased array antenna. Thales says the first radar is to be installed for qualification testing in 2019. The company will deliver the four panels of the first Sea Fire radar to Naval Group&rsqu...
  • Brand New Customer to Thales
    Brand New Customer to Thales 24 April 2018
    The Senegalese Armed Forces have chosen Thales' helicopter training systems, the company announced on 20 April.  According to Thales statement, the company's helicopter mission trainer will allow pilots to train in a diverse array of programmable tactical scenarios, such as combat search and rescue, airland, naval operations or even commando insertion/extraction. All training will be analyzed at a debriefing station to prepare for a successful mission. 
  • Supplier Selection Process Began in French Frigate Program
    Supplier Selection Process Began in French Frigate Program 3 April 2018
    Naval Group, who has been awarded as the main contractor for French Navy’s five intermediate-size frigates (Frégates de taille intermédiaire/FTI), has begun the selection process of suppliers and subcontractors.  The company was awarded the relevant contract in April 2017 and the first frigate is scheduled to be delivered by 2023. The main suppliers to be selected by the company so far include Axima, Constructions industrielles de la...
  • France Launches New EW Programme
    France Launches New EW Programme 2 March 2018
    The French Ministry of the Armed Forces announced its decision to launch the Strategic Intelligence Aircraft Program "Universal Electronic Warfare Capacity" (CUGE) on 28 February. This new program will see Thales' new sensor to be integrated on a Falcon business aircraft built by Dassault Aviation.  The three CUGE strategic intelligence aircraft will replace the two Transall C-160 Gabriel currently in service from 2025 and will s...