France’s Defense Ministry plans to award Thales SA (HO) a 263 million-euro ($345 million) order to develop digital radios for military communications.
The radios, which will go into use by 2018, will permit simultaneous high-security transmission of both voice and data for use initially in ground vehicles and later on combat planes and ships, the Paris-based ministry said today in a statement.
Thales, Europe’s biggest military-electronics maker, has won the “first phase” of the program, and its communications unit will be notified of the contract in coming days, the ministry said, without indicating the system’s potential value over time. French newspaper Les Echos has said the project will be worth as much as 4 billion euros.
A spokeswoman for the ministry referred calls seeking information to France’s military procurement office, where nobody was immediately available to respond to questions. Thales, based in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-Sur-Seine, also declined to comment.
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