Thales selected to develop next-generation sonar system for French navy
LA DEFENSE, France. French defence procurement agency (DGA) officials selected Thales for a 42-month contract to conduct a set of studies and technological developments for a sonar system to be equipped on France's future third-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SNLE 3G).
These developments take into account current and future threat environment and support Thales's efforts to complete design and qualification of a large antenna system and related processing capabilities made possible by advances in algorithms and the digital revolution.
This new research and development program builds on the results of studies launched under France’s two previous defense spending plans. It will include final validation of the fourth-generation flank arrays and the development of a new sonar interceptor, with latest-generation adaptive antenna processing and threat classification algorithms as well as an innovative bow-mounted antenna concept.