Thales to provide Qatar military satcom system
By Awad Mustafa
Multinational defense giant Thales was awarded a contract Sunday to supply the Qatar armed forces with a military satellite communications system for their ground and naval forces.
The contract, signed in Doha, is the latest round of wins in the aggressive expansion by the Neuilly-sur-Siene-based company that was initiated by outgoing Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Lévy since his appointment in December 2012.
The satellite communication system’s ground segment will provide Qatari ground and naval forces with a long-range communications capability to enhance national security and protect vital interests, the company said in a statement.
“Satcom systems are an important component of a military force’s voice and data communications capability in the theatre of operations. The military Satcom network complements existing military radio communications systems. As a consequence, Thales will supply the systems needed to transmit and receive communications via satellite, and to process data on the ground,” the statement read.
The satcom system is built around Thales’ System 21 technology, which is used by several NATO countries to provide secure, high-data-rate transmissions.
“We are today selecting Thales after a rigorous procurement process and over a year of technical evaluation. Thales has been chosen thanks to its technical solution,” said Abdulaziz Falah Al-Dosari, assistant for technology to the minister of state for defense affairs.
Thales also will provide a network operations center that will be used for planning and managing the complete system, which will be operated by the Qatari armed forces.
The solution will be interoperable with the other communications systems in service within the Qatar armed forces, including combat radios and fixed networks.
The system will be delivered on a turnkey basis, and integrated teams will be set up to ensure the transfer of skills from Thales to the customer.
“I would like to thank Qatar for the vote of confidence they have awarded to Thales. This is a big success, which comes at the end of a long bid process. This significant contract illustrates Thales’ efforts in recapturing international markets. It is a great reward for our teams and confirms their determination and professionalism. All our efforts are now being put towards the quick delivery of the satellite system for the benefit of the Qatari armed forces,” said Jean-Bernard Lévy, Thales chairman and CEO, in the statement.
According to Pascale Sourisse, Thales’ senior vice president of international development, the company since 2011 ?????has seen a 76 percent growth in its Middle Eastern market.
The growth has seen orders from the Middle East jump from $1.1 billion in 2011 to $2.37 billion last year.
“The Middle East is a very strategic region for Thales,” ?Sourisse said in an earlier interview with Defense News. “Thales has generated €14.2 billion [US $18.3 billion] last year which were half defense and half civil activities.”
This year in Qatar, Thales is also bidding for work on the new Qatari naval forces base, which is expected to be operational in 2017.
The base will be the center for Qatar’s maritime security and will be built 14 kilometers from Doha, according to Lt. Col. Saleh Al Saey, a member of the technical committee of the naval base project at the Emiri Naval Force.
Source : DefenseNews (États-Unis)
Relayé par : Nicolas Trussardi