Thales con­tract­ed for OPVs for Omani Navy
VT and Thales Ned­er­land signed a con­tract for the sup­ply of sen­sors and oth­er equip­ment to be installed on the OPVs VT is build­ing for the Roy­al Omani Navy.

rheinmetall Recent­ly, VT Ship­build­ing Inter­na­tion­al in the Unit­ed King­dom and Thales Ned­er­land signed a con­tract for the sup­ply of radar, ESM, com­bat man­age­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment that will be installed on the three Ocean Patrol Ves­sels (OPV) of the Kha­reef class that are cur­rent­ly being built by VT Ship­build­ing for the Roy­al Navy of Oman.

The equip­ment will include the SMART-S Mk2 sur­veil­lance radar, the STING elec­tro-optic weapon con­trol sys­tem, the Vig­ile 400 ESM; the TACTICOS com­bat man­age­ment sys­tem and the Inte­grat­ed Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sys­tem. TACTICOS will run on the PC-Lin­ux oper­at­ing sys­tem, form­ing the basis for fur­ther evo­lu­tion of this suc­cess­ful com­bat man­age­ment sys­tem. The first OPV is sched­uled for hand over to the Roy­al Navy of Oman by VT Ship­build­ing mid 2010; the first set of Thales sys­tems will be deliv­ered to VT Ship­build­ing in 2008.

The selec­tion was the result of a long nego­ti­a­tion process in which Thales faced fierce com­pe­ti­tion. The decid­ing fac­tors were the sys­tem per­for­mance, the user-friend­li­ness and the low main­te­nance require­ments of the Thales sys­tems that make use of sol­id-state trans­mit­ters. Oth­er major fac­tors for the selec­tion were the pos­i­tive expe­ri­ence the Roy­al Navy of Oman gained with the Thales sys­tems on the Muheet class ships, and Thales Nederland’s excel­lent rep­u­ta­tion as lead­ing sup­pli­er of naval sys­tems. This con­tract demon­strates the Omani Navy’s trust in Thales Nederland’s devel­op­ment capa­bil­i­ties, as Thales was short-list­ed before the first SMART-S Mk2 radar sys­tem was sub­ject­ed to the Fac­to­ry Accep­tance Test.

Thales is proud of its excel­lent rela­tion with the Sul­tanate of Oman, and is look­ing for­ward to extend­ing its pres­ence in Oman and the Mid­dle East region.

About Thales
Thales is a lead­ing inter­na­tion­al elec­tron­ics and sys­tems group, address­ing defence, aero­space and secu­ri­ty mar­kets world­wide. Thales’s lead­ing-edge tech­nol­o­gy is sup­port­ed by 22,000 R&D engi­neers who offer a capa­bil­i­ty unmatched in Europe to devel­op and deploy field-proven mis­sion-crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion sys­tems. To this end, the group’s civ­il and mil­i­tary busi­ness­es devel­op in par­al­lel and share a com­mon base of tech­nolo­gies to serve a sin­gle objec­tive: the secu­ri­ty of peo­ple, prop­er­ty and nations. The group builds its growth on its unique mul­ti-domes­tic strat­e­gy based on trust­ed part­ner­ships with nation­al cus­tomers and mar­ket play­ers, while lever­ag­ing its glob­al exper­tise to sup­port local tech­nol­o­gy and indus­tri­al devel­op­ment. Thales employs 68,000 peo­ple in 50 coun­tries with fore­cast 2007 rev­enues in excess of €12 bil­lion. Thales Ned­er­land, estab­lished in 1922, is one of the lead­ing com­pa­nies in inte­grat­ed naval sys­tems for sur­veil­lance, weapon con­trol, com­bat man­age­ment and sys­tem inte­gra­tion world-wide.

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Frank van de Wiel