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Thales selected by UK for ORCA upgrade

01 May 2019
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Thales UK has won out in the race to replace the command information facilities fitted to the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) mine countermeasures (MCM) fleet, beating off competition from incumbent BAE Systems and a QinetiQ/Saab team.

Under the Oceanographic Reconnaissance Combat Architecture (ORCA) project, the company will integrate its M-Cube MCM command-and-control system on the RN's Hunt-class and Sandown-class vessels to replace its existing NAUTIS systems. The full ORCA scope of supply also includes training and the provision of a land-based reference system.

The ORCA project was established in 2017 by the Maritime Combat Systems group in the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation to address hardware and software obsolescence in the current NAUTIS system, and introduce an open architecture that can be built upon to enable future capabilities.

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