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Thales awarded GBP600 million contract to support "eyes and ears" of Royal Navy fleet

28 May 2013

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Thales UK a contract worth up to GBP600 million (USD905 million) to provide in-service support for the major sensor systems of the Royal Navy's surface and underwater fleets for the next decade.

HMS Ambush, and her sister ships in the Royal Navy's Astute-class submarine programme, are among a range of UK ships and submarines whose major sensor systems will now be maintained under the new SSOP contract, signed by the UK MoD and Thales UK on 28 May. (MoD/Crown Copyright)HMS Ambush, and her sister ships in the Royal Navy's Astute-class submarine programme, are among a range of UK ships and submarines whose major sensor systems will now be maintained under the new SSOP contract, signed by the UK MoD and Thales UK on 28 May. (MoD/Crown Copyright)

The new Sensor Support Optimisation Project (SSOP) contract, signed on 28 May, effectively combines two existing support contracts to include maintenance of the submarine fleet's visual systems - including periscopes and non-hull penetrating optronic masts - as well as the major surface sonar and electronic warfare systems.

In all, the contract will deliver benefit to the "eyes and ears" of 17 different ship and submarine types across the fleet, including the Astute, Trafalgar, and Vanguard-class submarines; the Daring-class Type 45 and Duke-class Type 23 surface ships; and the Hunt and Sandown-class minehunting ships.



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