Thales has won a contract from Switzerland to upgrade the Master radars within its military air surveillance radar network, IHS Jane's can reveal.
Worth EUR74 million (USD79.2 million), the contract will see "the modernisation of all the fixed long-range surveillance radars" within Switzerland's FLORAKO tactical air defence command-and-control system, according to Thales.
The work is being conducted to extend the service life of Switzerland's Thales Master radars, the key part of the FLORAKO system.
Speaking to IHS Jane's, Jérome Bendell, Vice-President, Air Operations and Advanced Weapons for Thales in France, said that the contract would extend the service life of the radars until 2030.
Bendell said that it had taken "a long time to set up this particular system", and accordingly Switzerland wanted to maintain "the same level of performance" during the life extension effort. The modernisation work is thus expected to focus on internal changes to the existing radars, including eliminating obsolescence, and developing new data and radar signal processing.
Although Thales would not specify the number of radars being modernised, IHS Jane's C4ISR & Mission Systems: Air states that there are four FLORAKO radar sites.
The contract, which was actually signed in November 2016, but only due to be announced in January, is set to run for 60 months. This includes an initial 24-month development phase at Thales site at Limours in France, after which the upgrade work will be conducted at the same site.
Thales is partnered with RUAG on the project, with integration and final testing work due to be led by RUAG in Switzerland, Bendell said. RUAG is also responsible for maintenance of the systems in Switzerland.
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