March 24, 2009) -- Thales UK has signed a GBP25m sub-contract to deliver a high-tech communication system for the Royal Navy's two new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
This contract win, which secures up to 50 local jobs at Thales's Crawley site, covers onboard and fleetwide communications, and is an important milestone in the develop-ment programme for these ships, which will be named HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.
The onboard (internal to the ship) system - known as the Tactical, Command and Con-trol Voice System (TC2V) - is critical to the everyday operation of a vessel this size. It ensures that the crew has access to onboard information and are in communication with their colleagues across the ship at all times. The system will use Internet Protocol (IP) networks to transmit data and voice, in the same way as modern businesses and offices communicate.
The fleetwide (external to the ship) element includes a high-frequency (HF) system to provide long-range communications between the ship and other vessels/land bases. All ships today, while having modern satellite and microwave communication systems, still rely on reliable and inexpensive HF methods to provide long-range communica-tions. Thales provides a high-performance and flexible solution to this with its Series 8000 HF system.
Alex Cresswell, Managing Director of Thales UK's land & joint systems business, says: "On such a large strategic vessel the Thales communication system forms the central ner-vous system of the ship. This high-tech programme will be delivered from Thales UK's Crawley facility, where generations of communication equipment has been designed, manufactured and integrated into ships spanning more than half a century of Naval history."
Laura Moffatt, the local site MP, comments: "In today's economic environment I am delighted that Crawley businesses continue to win contracts like this. Thales has a long history and has invested significantly in Crawley; this contract will secure jobs both in Thales and local businesses which supply Thales."
In addition to this contract, Thales UK is responsible for leading the platform design and aviation teams, participating in the mission systems team and delivering the propulsion systems that will power this strategically important warships.
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