Atlas Elektronik, Thales Deutschland to modernise combat system of F124 frigate

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Atlas Elektronik and Thales Deutschland have jointly been commissioned to modernise the combat system of the German Class F124 frigates. The CEOs of both enterprises recently signed the contract at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in Koblenz.Atlas Elektronik and Thales Deutschland have jointly been commissioned to modernise the combat system of the German Class F124 frigates. The CEOs of both enterprises recently signed the contract at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in Koblenz.

With completion scheduled for 2017, the “HW Regeneration CDS F124” consortium formed by the two companies will refurbish the hardware of the Combat Direction System (CDS) and also adapt and update the software.

The regeneration process is driven by the sweeping implementation of commercial hardware and software, because technological development in this field is progressing at a rapid pace. Here it will be possible to build up on the know-how and experience gained during the F124 construction and service phase, in which both companies were involved.

The order comprises the three frigates “Sachsen”, “Hamburg” and “Hessen” as well as the Test and Training Centre (EZ/AZ) in Wilhelmshaven and the Reference Maintainer and Training Site (RMTS) in Den Helder. The work is to be organised and managed in such a way that the vessels will not need to be taken out of service.

The activities include replacement of the outdated console processors, the data recording modules, and various network modules using components of the latest generation. Supportability of CDS components that are not regenerated, yet critical for the system’s real-time response, will, however, be ensured. An intentional side-effect is that, following the hardware regeneration, the computer systems will offer sufficient capacity for the integration of new subsystems and future CDS functionalities.

Volker Paltzo, Managing Director of Atlas Elektronik, and Peter Obermark, CEO of Thales Deutschland, stated: “The frigates of the Class F124 are among the most modern and effective ships of their kind worldwide. We are proud of this expression of trust: in close co-operation with the German Navy, Atlas Elektronik and Thales – as two internationally leading system suppliers – are to prepare these ships for the challenges of the years to come.”

Atlas Elektronik

The Atlas Elektronik Group stands for maritime and naval solutions above and below the ocean surface. The company holds a leading position in all fields of maritime high-technology, from command and control systems, including radio and communication systems for submarines, surface combatants and mine warfare systems, to heavyweight torpedoes, coastal surveillance systems and in-service support. Atlas has established a worldwide customer portfolio. The electronics specialist is a joint company of ThyssenKrupp and EADS and has a workforce of over 1 900 highly skilled employees.

Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the defence and security and the aerospace and transport markets. In 2012, the company generated revenue of €14.2 billion with 67 000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25 000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners. www.thalesgroup.com.

Thales Deutschland is headquartered in Stuttgart and is Thales Group’s third largest national subsidiary. The company employs about 3 800 persons at 24 locations and carries out its own manufacturing and development. In 2011, Thales Deutschland generated sales of EUR1 billion, of which 75% were German value added. Thales Deutschland has a technology tradition in Germany for decades. The company, an integrated German electronics corporation and systems house, is a model of German engineering tradition. As a recognised member of Germany’s hi-tech industry, Thales Deutschland offers its customers at home and abroad state-of-the-art, highly secure and ultra-reliable communications, information and control systems, as well as services for secure ground, air and sea transportation, for both civilian and military security and protection needs. The company also develops and manufactures satellite components.

Thales Deutschland focuses on the lasting business success of its customers. Its business partnerships with customers worldwide, as well as with local and international engineering and research partners, are based on trust.

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