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Successful sea acceptance trials of Colombian Almirante Padilla class frigates

[Johannesburg, 20 March 2014] - Thales and DCNS announce the comprehensive modernisation programme of the Colombian Navy's four Almirante Padilla class frigates has been concluded with a successful sea acceptance test of the class's fourth ship. The contract with the Colombian authorities was signed early 2009, with DCNS acting as prime contractor and Thales as the lead systems integrator for the combat system and communications suite.

In the scope of this modernisation programme, Thales and local shipyard, Cotecmar, have installed and integrated the SMART-S Mk2 surveillance radar, STING EO Mk2 electro-optic weapon control system, MIRADOR optronic weapon control system, VIGILE 200S electronic support measures (ESM) system, communications systems and Terma's SKWS decoys launching system, on the four Padilla class ships. Thales has also modernised the vessels' Altesse communications intelligence (COMINT) systems.

"This programme demonstrates that Thales is perfectly capable of realising a large modernisation programme within an agreed time-frame and according to the customer's requirements. It also proves that modernising existing platforms is a good way to considerably extend the ships' life cycles, and significantly enhance their capabilities," said Aniss Aqallal, Thales Colombia Country Director.
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Successful sea acceptance trials of Colombian Almirante Padilla class frigates

Last updated : 20 March 2014


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