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Thales UK to support Navy sonar

Feb. 10, 2014 at 3:19 PM

NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, France, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Anti-submarine sensors used on Type 23 frigates of Britain's Royal Navy are to receive support from Thales of France's British subsidiary.

Under the five-year contract, Thales U.K. will provide physical support of Sonar 2050 anti-submarine sensors for operational defect corrections. It will also provide a worldwide 24/7 help desk support service, dry dock and afloat support, and test equipment and handling.

Sonar 2050 is a medium-range bow sonar currently fitted to 13 Type 23 frigates and is the Royal Navy's primary hull-mounted anti-submarine warfare sensor.

"We welcome the award of this competitively placed contract, which means Thales has the sole responsibility for the upkeep and support of the complete Sonar 2050 system," said Ed Lowe, head of Thales UK's naval business. "We are the key sonar provider to the Royal Navy's frigate fleet and we are investing heavily in research and development to ensure our sensors are ready to meet the demands of any future requirements."

The monetary value of the contract was not disclosed.

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