February 6, 2020 / 10:41 AM / 19 days ago

France's Thales chosen to equip new British frigates

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s Thales said on Thursday it had been selected to provide the mission systems of Britain’s five next generation frigates, a program worth more than a billion pounds ($1.3 billion) in total.

“Thales will be the mission systems integrator for the Type 31 program, delivering the combat system, communications systems and the navigation and bridge system”, Europe’s largest defense electronics maker said in a statement.

A source close to the matter said Thales’ share of the program, led by British engineering group Babcock International, would be around 20%.

Reporting by Jean-Michel Belot and Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Alexander Smith

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