C4iSR: Maritime

Thales details POLA role

17 January 2019

Thales has revealed the full scope of the mission suite it is supplying for the Mexican Navy's new Patrullera Oceánica de Largo Alcance (POLA) vessel ARM Reformador .

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) was awarded a contract for the POLA programme in early 2017. The ship is a variant of DSNS's SIGMA 10514 frigate family, an earlier version of which was built for the Indonesian Navy's SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided missile frigate programme.

The construction of Reformador has followed the model set by the PKR programme, with module construction split between the Netherlands and Mexico. Two of the six ship modules were built by DSNS in Vlissingen, Netherlands, while the remaining four were constructed at the Astillero de Marina No.

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