Date: Tuesday March 3, 2020 at 8:27am
develop the ‘eyes and ears’ of Dreadnought submarines will create 170 jobs and
secure 350 more across the UK.
of Defence and Jeremy
Artist's rendering of Dreadnought class submarine
Submarines, which is building four nuclear submarines for the Royal Navy, has
awarded work worth around £330 million to Thales UK.
sonar system will be developed at the global technology firm’s sites in
Templecombe, Somerset, and Stockport. The periscope - known as the ‘Combat
System Mast’ - will be developed and manufactured in Govan with technical input
from the workforce in Crawley.
Thales UK has been a trusted
Continuous at-Sea Deterrence (CASD) partner with the MOD and Royal Navy since
the first operation in 1969.
Defence Minister Jeremy Quin
delighted to continue our 50-year strong partnership with Thales. These
next-generation sonars and sensors will ensure our nuclear deterrent retains a
stealth and detection advantage over adversaries."
over 500 jobs created or secured by this contract, we are clearly acting on the
government’s commitment to level-up across the UK."
The fleet will also be equipped
with Thales Sonar 2076; providing them with the latest in acoustic detection
capability. The visual and situational awareness sensor will combine electronic
warfare technology with cameras to provide the Dreadnought crew with a visual
link to the sea surface.