Thales and Boeing announce FRES team

Thales UK and Boeing have formed a team, led by Thales UK, to jointly bid to deliver the System of Systems Integrator role for the planned Future Rapid Effect System programme.


Thales UK and Boeing have formed a team, led by Thales UK, to jointly bid to deliver the System of Systems Integrator (SOSI) role for the planned Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) programme.



FRES is the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) programme to provide the British Army with a network-enabled and highly deployable medium-weight armoured vehicle force, which will complement the UK’s existing heavy and light forces and enable the UK to rapidly deploy warfighting capabilities world-wide.



The MoD recently announced its intention to form a Ministry of Defence/Industry Alliance for FRES. A key role in this alliance is that of the SOSI.



If selected, Thales and Boeing will partner with the MoD to deliver a solution to the British Army while generating a stronger UK industrial base and retaining key intellectual property rights for the MoD. A key factor in the development of a fully integrated solution will be an optimisation of the through-life costs throughout the life of the programme.