Thales contributing to Egyptian FREMM and Rafale contracts


Thales has welcomed the sale to Egypt of a DCNS FREMM multi-mission frigate and 24 Dassault Rafale fighter jets as it supplies nearly a quarter of the equipment on those platforms.

Thales said the equipment and weapons supplied on the Rafale totals 24% of its value and 20% of the FREMM’s value.

Thales, a member of the Rafale team with both Dassault Aviation and SNECMA (Safran), equips this combat aircraft with systems providing it with a multi-sensor capability such as the RBE2 active electronically scanned array (AESA), the first European combat radar with active electronic scanning antenna, the SPECTRA electronic warfare system, optronics, the communication, navigation, identification suite, avionics, and the power generation systems.

For the multi-mission FREMM frigate, Thales provides the Herakles multi-function radar, the communication suite, the anti-submarine sonar suite (ASM), the Artemis infrared search & track system (IRST) and the electronic warfare system (RESM/CESM). This equipment reinforces the anti-air, anti-naval and anti-submarine combat capabilities of the FREMM.

For this contract Thales will also provide missile electronics and inertial systems.

Egypt signed the contracts for the FREMM frigate, Rafales as well as missiles from MBDA on Monday in Cairo. The first three Rafales will be delivered by August this year after being diverted from the French Air Force’s production line. Similarly, the FREMM (Normandie) will also be delivered by August and diverted from the French Navy.