Thomson-CSF To Renovate French Navy HF Systems
(Source : Thomson-CSF ; issued Oct. 24, 2000)


The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thomson-CSF Comsys a 51 million euro contract for the OMAR new-generation HF communications programme. Thomson-CSF is system prime contractor, with the naval shipbuilder DCN in charge of installation as prime contractor for shipboard integration.

The OMAR new-generation HF programme is designed to modernise and upgrade the French Navy's radio transmission capability. Over the next 5 years, 78 naval vessels will be equipped to handle high-speed ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore HF communications.

The new equipment will be interoperable with the communications systems of other NATO navies, and will include modems providing advanced functions such as Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) and Acknowledge Request Query (ARQ).

The award confirms Thomson-CSF's position as a systems supplier and prime contractor for naval communications.

With 9,000 employees in 14 countries and annual revenues of 1.5 billion euros, Thomson-CSF Comsys has responsibility for information and communications systems within Thomson-CSF's defence business area, and is the world leader in defence communications following the acquisition of Racal.

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