Thales has been awarded a multi-million euro contract to provide through-life support for electro-optic (EO) systems installed onboard French Armed Forces aircraft.

Known as the Association des Maintiens en condition opérationnelle et Amélioration de la Disponibilité des Equipements Optroniques en Service dans les forces (AMADEOS), the €164m contract was awarded by the French defence ministry’s integrated through-life support structure for aeronautical equipment and systems (SIMMAD).

Under the contract, the company will provide through-life support and availability management services for optronic equipment and systems aboard aircraft in service with the French Army, Air Force and Navy, such as the Rafale, Mirage 2000, ATL2, Puma, Caracal and Falcon 50.

The AMADEOS combines several previous through-life support agreements into a single contract to improve coordination and availability management of optronic payloads in cooperation with the French forces.

In addition, the new contract is expected to simplify obsolescence management and optimise operational cost and availability.

AMADEOS covers all Thales-supplied optronic payloads, except Rafale’s front-sector optronics suite (OSF), which is supported under the optimised through-life support for Thales Class B equipment and support systems for Rafale (MAESTRO2) contract, and RECO NG pod, for which through-life support was included in the initial procurement contract.

As part of the contract, Thales will also install and operate a data management system to enhance the exchange of information with the French armed forces, in addition to providing on-site technical assistance at various airbases.

Support services under the contract will be provided over the next six years.

Defence Technology