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Thales Upgrades Saudi Forces’ Shahine Defence Systems

Thales Upgrades Saudi Forces’ Shahine Defence Systems

Thales wins contract worth 230 million euros, to support and upgrade the Royal Saudi Forces' Shahine Defence Systems. Source: Thales, Paris, March 26, 2001.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has awarded the Thales Group (formerly Thomson-CSF) a contract to support and upgrade the Royal Saudi Forces’ Shahine defence systems.

The new award, which was won in cooperation with Sofresa, is worth around 230 million euros and covers technical assistance, renovation, and deliveries of pyrotechnical elements and replacement parts.

Five hundred people in Saudi Arabia and in France will work on this major contract over five years.

The contract is the second to be awarded to Thales in Saudi Arabia this year, following an earlier success at the end of January - also for the support and upgrade of air defence systems for the Royal Saudi Forces - worth 140 million euros.

Over the last twenty years, Thales has provided its customers with permanent prime contractor services, logistic support and capability sustainment throughout the systems life cycle.

A number of advanced support and training centres have been set up in the Kingdom, demonstrating a continuing commitment to French-Saudi cooperation. Several hundred Saudi technicians and engineers have been trained both in Saudi Arabia and France to date.

The new contract confirms the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's continuing confidence in the Thales Group, consolidating a partnership that dates back more than thirty years.

The Group has been selected for numerous contracts both in defence and other fields, including professional broadcasting, air traffic control, and, more recently, simulation systems for the national carrier Saudia. Thales currently employs around 1,200 people in Saudi Arabia.

Press contact: Christophe Robin, Tel : +33 (0) 1 53 77 86 26.

 

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