Thales Wins Contract for Air Defence Protection System with Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defence
(Source: Thales; issued Oct. 11, 2007)
Thales is selected by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defence to supply a major electronic protection system to the Saudi Air Force.

Thales today announces that it has been selected by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defence to supply a major electronic protection system to the Saudi Air Force. The negotiation has been conducted under the umbrella of SOFRESA.

The air defense protection system, known as Al Madhallah (the Umbrella) is made up of an electronic warfare centre with six regional hubs as well as mobile centres to train missile battery personnel (such as Crotale, Shahine, Patriot, Hawk) involved in electronic warfare.

The contract, worth 125 million euros, is particularly significant for Thales as it further reinforces Thales's relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and highlights the long cooperation between the two parties. The installation of the equipment, training and life support will be carried out by Thales's Saudi Arabian branch, Thalisa.

During the past two decades, Thales has been providing Saudi Arabia's customers with full system and logistic support for its Crotale and Shahine radars, as well as the through-life development of these systems. As a symbol of Franco-Saudi cooperation, Thales has also put into place several dedicated support and training centres for these radars within the Kingdom.


Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales's leading-edge technology is supported by 22,000 R&D engineers who offer a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy field-proven mission-critical information systems. To this end, the group's civil and military businesses develop in parallel and share a common base of technologies to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. The group builds its growth on its unique multi-domestic strategy based on trusted partnerships with national customers and market players, while leveraging its global expertise to support local technology and industrial development. Thales employs 68 000 people in 50 countries with forecast 2007 revenues in excess of EUR 12 billion.

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