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Thales, Lockheed deliver submarine sensors to US Navy

Thales is expected to deliver Lockheed Martin with up to 55 anti-submarine sensors for use onboard the MH-60R, to be delivered to US and other global navies.

Thales is expected to deliver Lockheed Martin with up to 55 anti-submarine sensors for use onboard the MH-60R, to be delivered to US and other global navies.

Thales has confirmed that it will deliver Lockheed Martin with up to 55 airborne low frequency sonar (ALFS) anti-submarine sonars systems, for use onboard the MH-60R helicopter. The helicopter is expected to be used by the US and sold on to a number of other navies.

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It is expected that Thales will deliver the sonars to Lockheed Martin for use aboard their MH-60R helicopter, which will then be sold from the US onto India, Greece and Denmark.

The first instalment of the agreement will see the delivery of 42 ALFS systems over five years, with the option of extending the range by another 13 sonar systems.

Thales confirmed that it has thus far delivered 300 ALFS systems to the US navy since the turn of the century.

Thales outlined that so far ALFS sonar has so far been onboarded by “Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, South Korea and the Philippines”.

Alexis Morel, vice president of Underwater systems at Thales, commented that the recent appointment evidenced Thales’ role as a leader in anti-submarine warfighting.

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“Earning the trust of the US Navy and its allies and partners around the globe is a source of pride for our team. This contract enhances our position as a strategic supplier to Lockheed Martin and further consolidates the group's world leadership position in anti-submarine warfare systems. We will continue to improve the performance and competitiveness of our airborne sonars to meet the new anti-submarine warfare operational challenges of our customers,” Morel said.

[Related: Lockheed, Thales to jointly develop local guided missile capability]

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