Royal Navy Type 31 Frigates to Get Mission System from Thales


Released on Thursday, February 6, 2020
United Kingdom
Type 31
UK - United Kingdom
Thales is proud to be delivering the digital heart of the UK's next generation Type 31 Frigates

Thales to expand its footprint in the UK with the opening of a new Naval Combat Management Centre in Crawley (West Sussex) and increase its mission system capabilities and future growth.

Thales, as part of Babcock Team 31, has been selected to deliver the digital heart of the UK's next generation frigates. Thales will be the mission systems integrator for the Type 31 programme, delivering the combat system, communications systems and the navigation and bridge system. The T31 general purpose frigate programme will provide the UK Government with a fleet of five ships, at an average production cost of £250 million per ship.

Following a comprehensive competitive process, T31, a capable, adaptable and technology-enabled global frigate will be the UK Royal Navy's newest class of warships, with the first ship scheduled in the water in 2023.

At its height, the programme will maximise a workforce of around 1250 highly- skilled roles in multiple locations throughout the UK, with around 150 new technical apprenticeships likely to be developed. The work is expected to support an additional 1250 roles within the wider UK supply chain.

Building on our global successes Thales is expanding its capabilities in mission systems delivery in the UK. This will generate new jobs and technical skills in Crawley, West Sussex where the new team has been established. A new naval combat management centre has also been developed to provide a space for customers, employees and end-users to train, test and see how our solutions deliver operational benefits and to continuously gain customer feedback.

"Thales has been at the forefront of innovation with the Royal Navy for over 100 years. We are immensely proud of the trusted critical solutions we provide to the Royal Navy to protect our waters. This means we can continue to expand our significant UK footprint whilst also looking to export markets." Victor Chavez, Chief Executive of Thales in the UK

Source: THALES TO PROVIDE ROYAL NAVY WITH THE MOST ADVANCED MISSION SYSTEMS TO PROTECT UK MARITIME INTERESTS GLOBALLY

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