The IISS contract naval and ground medium range air defense systems is for five years and carries a value of nearly $443.5 million.
"This is the first time a multinational support contract of this magnitude is signed to simultaneously meet the needs of the armed forces of three great powers," Philippe Dusautoir, vice president of Thales Integrated Defense Solutions said. "Levels of coordination, cohesion and preparation required to ensure that things go well are considerable and this contract is proof of the great trust placed in us and in Eurosam."
Eurosam is a multinational developer of surface-to-air missiles, with MBDA the principle shareholder. Thales also holds a stake in the company.
Under the award, Thales in-service support for air defense systems will include the firing control system of the French navy's aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle; the long-range radar of Horizon frigates -- as well as the firing control software -- operated by the French and Italian navies; and the firing control system of French and Italian ground medium-range air defense systems.