The shipbuilder Damen and Thales signed a contract on November 17, 2020 for the supply and integration of the Thales mission and combat system aboard the four MKS 180 frigates which the German Navy commissioned Damen to design and build. at German shipyards, under the direction of Damen.

With an estimated value of around 1.5 billion euros, this contract demonstrates Thales’s preeminent position on the international scene in terms of naval integration. The contract will be executed by Thales centers of excellence based in Hengelo (the Netherlands), Kiel and Wilhelmshaven (Germany), in cooperation with numerous German subcontractors.

This contract is based on a solid foundation, namely the proven effectiveness of the cooperation of the German and Dutch naval industries. The opportunities that Damen and Thales had jointly in the Netherlands to innovate in shipbuilding projects, often with the participation of the Dutch Ministry of Defense, led to the award of this German-Dutch contract. This project fits perfectly with Damen and Thales’ ambition to seek greater cooperation with shipyards and partner industries within the framework of high-end European naval programs.

“Thanks to our innovative capabilities, the German Navy will be able to perform its current and future missions …” Gerben EDELIJN, Managing Director of Thales Netherlands

The mission and combat management system designed by Thales consists of the Tacticos system and the AWWS fire control system. The contract covers four ship systems, associated logistics services, onshore site testing and training provided at numerous sites. The contractual terms also include an option for the future equipment of one or two additional vessels.

The AWWS system (Above Water Warfare System) is a state-of-the-art system that allows the crew to counter and master the most complex saturation attacks, through the analysis and continuous optimization of the tactical environment and the deployment of appropriate resources. The AWWS will be combined with the APAR * Bl2 radar, an advanced version of the AESA * multifunction radar. Thales signed a development contract for the AWWS in 2019 for the new M frigates of the Belgian and Dutch navies.

Our position as world leader in the integration of naval systems is consolidated … Patrice CAINE Managing Director THALES

Over the past few years, Thales has been awarded several major contracts by the navies of European NATO member countries, on the basis of innovative solutions and its reputation for reliability as an industrial partner. These various contracts make Thales the de facto partner of NATO for the supply and integration of naval combat systems.

The first MKS 180 frigate will be operational in 2028 and the entire program will develop over a ten-year period.

Thales is a world leader in high technologies which offers solutions, services and products that help its customers – businesses, organizations, States – in the fields of defense, aeronautics, space, transport and digital identity and security. It has 83,000 employees in 68 countries. The Group achieved a turnover of 19 billion euros in 2019.

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