Thales and DCI conclude major warfare partnership agreements

Thales and France’s Défense Conseil International (DCI) have concluded two partnership agreements for undersea warfare and electronic warfare systems.

In undersea warfare, French-headquartered Thales and DCI, which is responsible for transferring military know-how to France-friendly countries’ armed forces, will work together on high-level training and associated high added value services.

Combining the excellence of the underwater systems developed by Thales with the naval operational expertise of DCI, this global offer is intended for navies who wish to acquire or reinforce their underwater warfare capacity. The partnership covers the full spectrum of underwater activities, including the sale of simulation solutions, technical and operational training, assistance, consultancy and support for navies and users.

Following an initial agreement concluded in 2015 in the airborne electronic warfare sector, Thales and DCI are extending their partnership to the naval sector. This joint strategy allows the two groups to reinforce their training offer and to provide the optimum response to the needs of partner country navies.

DCI Chairman and CEO Jean-Michel Palagos said: “This association with Thales, the key player in military underwater detection and electronic warfare, represents a huge opportunity to develop the quality of our training for customer countries that wish to expand their competences in these sectors.”

Merry Michaux, Vice President for Thales’s military aerospace support and services business, added: “The combination of our respective expertise brings our customers real added value in two important sectors for our armed forces. As shown by the previous agreement, the flexibility of our approach represents an effective response to the capacity optimisation needs of our customers.”

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Mark Lane is a defence writer for and the MoD’s Defence Contracts Bulletin. He is also editor of Global Trader, sub-editor of Insider Scotland and a former editor of Business Today.

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