Under terms of the Performance Partnering Arrangement (PPA), Thales will be the preferred contractor for submarine sonar work in support of BAE Systems’ submarine build and combat system design work. Thales will also continue to be a key contributor to the Ministry of Defence’s Design Evolution Team, which aims to design more cost-effective combat systems. The effort is managed by BAE Systems.
BAE Systems believes its work with Thales Underwater Systems over the years has led to much business success and the company anticipates similar results in the future.
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The sentiment was echoed by Royal Navy Captain Pat O’Neill, the combat system group leader in the submarines cluster of the defence equipment and support (DE&S) organisation.
‘This partnering arrangement is very welcome,’ he said. ‘It recognises the ongoing contribution of Thales to the Royal Navy’s submarine sonar programme, which is delivering world-class performance at sea.
‘It provides a framework for the overall UK Submarine Combat System