|SAMP/T theatre anti-missile system
New Delhi: Defence equipment, electronic warfare, communication systems and optronics producer, Thales from France will be participating in the DEFEXPO in New Delhi – Feb 6 to Feb 9 -- to showcase its entire range with a special focus on advanced air defence, a segment that needs immediate overhaul in the Indian armed forces.
Thales which was ranked at number 11 of the ‘top-100’ list of the internationally respected think-tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released on January 31, did arms sales worth US $ 8.8 Billion in 2012. It is the only company in Europe able to deliver a fully integrated air defence capability. This will include radars and C2 centres through to effectors and their respective fire control systems, directing fire at incoming air-borne threats.
Thales’s Advanced Air Defence offering is an integrated set of solutions designed to ensure timely decision-making and effective responses for the protection of military forces, key assets, nations and citizens around the globe. “The SAMP/T theatre anti-missile system, the RAPID range of weapon systems, missiles and some other air defence systems will be presented at Defexpo,” a Thales statement said.
Indian Air Defence has guns that are some 30 year old and of Soviet vintage and some of the fire control radars are of an equal age, not enabling a good ‘picture’ needed in this era of fast-missiles.
“India forms a key part of our renewed global strategy, Defexpo 2014 will provide an excellent platform for networking and knowledge sharing with our customers, both existing and potential, government representatives ,partners and industry experts, “ said Eric Lenseigne, Thales Country Director for India. The French company work in the following areas: Aerospace; Space; Ground Transportation; Defence and Security.
The company that has been working with the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force since 1953, is looking deepen ties. “We have always endeavoured to partner with the Indian industry and continually seek to bolster our presence. We, at Thales, are sure that Defexpo 2014 will prove to be a worthwhile opportunity,” Eric Lenseigne said.
C4ISR: Thales as a lead system integrator, provides interoperable, secure and critical C4ISR (Computerised, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems for information superiority in the digitised battlespace. These aid the commander’s in the decisions-making process for Commander and Crew, at tactical operational level for Defence and Army. The ‘NORMANS’ dismounted close combat system will be on display on Thales’s stand.
Land and naval communications: Thales offers a broad array of communication products and solutions to provide the armed forces with the information superiority and network-centric capabilities they need. Thales offers interoperable systems and a complete range of tactical radios for all levels of command, from C2 centres to infantry in the field and for land, air and naval platforms, to meet the requirements for air-to-air, ground-to-air and surface-to-air communications. A wide range of communications will be exhibited at the Thales stand.
Optronics: Thales is a pioneer in optronic equipment and systems, with thousands of products in service in more than 60 countries. Working closely with its partners and end users, Thales draws on a range of advanced optronics technologies to develop imaging and image processing solutions tailored to the precise requirements of each customer. At Defexpo, Thales will showcase thermal imagers, surveillance systems, goggles and cameras.
Underwater warfare: Thales designs and delivers acoustic systems for anti-submarine warfare and anti-mine warfare. Thales’s solutions are suitable for all types of platforms: submarines, surface combatants, helicopters, maritime patrol aircraft and unmanned naval systems.
Electronic Warfare: Thales has been a supplier of electronic warfare systems for more than 50 years, and at the forefront of electronic warfare technologies for airborne, land and naval platforms. The French company will showcase several systems tailored to the exact requirements
of system users in terms of mission profiles and operational environments. Technologies in the combat aircraft, surveillance radars, rockets and surface attack systems domains will also be presented.