Thales and SIMMAD announce 5-year support contract for French armed forces aeronautical equipment
- New contract is a milestone in efforts to improve the operational efficiency and flexibility of through-life support provision
Thales has been awarded the MOREAT (1) contract by French defence ministry’s integrated structure for through-life support of aeronautical equipment (SIMMAD (2)).
The five-year agreement covers the provision of technical and logistic support as well as through-life support services for the Thales electronic warfare systems and nose-mounted radars on board some twenty types of aircraft in service with the French armed forces, including Mirage 2000, ATL2, C160/C130 and Puma. Support for equipment on board the Rafale is covered by separate contracts.
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The MOREAT contract combines several earlier agreements to simplify through-life support management. It is based on a fixed price per hour of flight, offering the flexibility needed to adapt to operational requirements as the number of hours of flight increases or decreases and as fleet formats evolve.
Under the new contract, Thales will be in charge of the entire supply chain, and will continue to work closely with small and medium-sized enterprises in line with the recent bilateral agreement between the defence ministry and the Thales Group. A Thales representative will be assigned to work on base to maintain close contact with users.
In addition, Thales teams and representatives of the armed forces will work together in a collaborative environment to ensure flexibility and optimise response times.
(1) Maintien Opérationnel des Radars et Equipements Aéronautiques de Thales (operational maintenance of Thales onboard equipment and radars)
(2) Structure Intégrée de Maintien en condition opérationnelle des Matériels Aéronautiques du ministère de la Défense (French defence ministry's integrated through-life support structure for aeronautical equipment and systems)
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Source : Thales Group (Paris: HO.PA)
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