PARIS LA DÉFENSE --- The French defence ministry's integrated through-life support structure for aeronautical equipment and systems (SIMMAD) has awarded a 10-year service contract to Thales worth 977 million euros, including 70 million euros for the firm order in 2017, for the integration of an optimised supply chain covering the procurement of aeronautical consumable items to the French Forces (LORCA programme).
Thales will put in place a supply chain organisation covering the procurement, storage and transportation of 200,000 item references to the 47 delivery points in the SIMMAD and SIAéi networksin metropolitan France. Thales will ensure optimised management of flows by drawing up forecasting calculations, procuring aeronautical spare parts such as tyres, electronic components, cables, seals, etc., setting up an industrial stock and processing obsolescent items.
"The logistics IT system based on intelligent algorithms, and our partnership with the logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel, guarantee perfect stock management based on real consumption, that is adapted to the changing aviation activities of the Air Force, which can count on us to provide a flexible service at all times," said Marc Darmon, Thales Executive Vice-President for Secure Communication and Information Systems.
Thales will contribute its expertise and solid experience regarding the aeronautical environment, airworthiness constraints and obsolescence management, as well as its control of dual, specially adapted central purchasing organisations.
Storage and transportation of aeronautical spare parts will be outsourced to Kuehne + Nagel, one of the global leaders in logistics, currently responsible for the European supply chain of consumable items for some of the major players in the aerospace industry. Recurring items will be dispatched to the various sites within 7 days and the service will be fully operational in September 2017.
Thales will use innovative, adaptable high-tech solutions, such as interconnected systems and big data analysis, to optimise deliveries and guarantee availability of the aeronautical parts stored in the state-owned warehouses.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 64,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14.9 billion in 2016. With over 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.