Egypt to equip forces with Dassault Rafale combat aircraft with Thales systems
CAIRO, 19 Feb. 2015. Egyptian authorities have selected 24 Dassault Rafale omnirole combat aircraft and one FREMM multi-mission frigate to equip the Egyptian forces.
Thales, headquartered in Paris, provides state-of-the-art equipment and systems for the Rafale, the FREMM, and their respective armaments. In fact, Thales solutions represent roughly 25 percent of the total value of the Rafale and 20 percent of the FREMM.
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 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.
Thales systems developed in collaboration with DCNS on board the FREMM include the Herakles multifunction 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.
“Thales thanks the Egyptian authorities for the trust that they have shown in Thales and in its partners by choosing their naval and aeronautical systems. We also wish to highlight the strong support of the French authorities in the conclusion of this contract. We are proud to contribute to Egyptian defence with our technological equipment,” says Patrice Caine, chairman & chief executive officer, Thales Group.