Thales provides technical support to Estonian Navy

Thales has signed a contract with the Estonian Navy to provide an additional 12 months of technical support and maintenance to two former Royal Navy (RN) mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) now serving with the Estonian fleet.

The two former RN Sandown-class vessels, HMS Sandown and HMS Inver­ness, were decommissioned and sold to Estonia in 2006, after which they were renamed ENS AdmiralCowan and ENS Sakala.

As part of a programme to return the two ships to operational service, Thales originally signed a contract in 2006 to provide operational support to the ships in service and upgrades to Thales’s Sonar 2093 system.

This new contract extends the support programme until December 2011.