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Thales tapped for avionics support

May 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM   |   Comments

PARIS, May 29 (UPI) -- The Thales Group of France has been contracted to provide through-life support for its avionics systems on various South African military aircraft.

The value of the contract from the South African Department of Defense, South African air force and Armaments Corp. of South Africa is for five years but its monetary value wasn't disclosed.

"This program represents another major step for Thales involvement in South Africa," said Merry Michaux, Thales vice president and managing director of Military Aerospace Customer Support and Services.

"We are very proud to have been awarded this new contract, which demonstrates our understanding of the customer's requirements and the development of a successful long-term logistics support plan for all South African air force fleets."

Thales said that under the award, avionics systems to be supported include its TopDeck suite, used on C-130BZ tactical transport aircrafts; and visualization, navigation and air data computers for fixed-wing and rotary aircraft such as Hawk fighters and Super Lynx helicopters.

"Under this extended perimeter contract, Thales will deliver a global logistics support services solution to Armscor, encompassing, among other items, management of obsolescence, of strategic stocks of components, technical support and assistance," Michaux said.

Such a long-term and transverse approach will enable the customer to fully benefit from Thales' expertise in the support domain, under a shared mastering of costs and risks, the company said.

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