Thales and Naval Group to Provide Through-Life Support for France`s Multi-Mission Frigates

Date: Issue 126 - October 2023

The FREMM through-life support contract, which came into effect in January 2023, is one of the largest support contracts awarded to Thales by the Naval Group since the creation of the French Navy's Fleet Support Service (SSF). It will guarantee the at-sea availability of the Navy's eight multi-mission frigates based in Brest and Toulon. Thales will draw on its industrial resources and product expertise to support the warships, ensure the day-to-day availability of their on-board systems, and sustain their operational capabilities over the long term.

The FREMM program was launched in 2005 and is one of the major components of France's anti-submarine warfare capability. Equipped with Thales sonars, radars, optronics, and communication systems, the frigates are widely acclaimed for their operational range, endurance, and high performance: the ships and their crews have been endorsed by the US Navy for their anti-submarine warfare capabilities, winning prestigious Hook'em Awards in 2020, 2021 and 2022.