Thales has secured a contract to supply sighting systems and ancillary equipment for the production phase of the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Specialist Vehicle (SV) programme.
Awarded by General Dynamics (GD) UK, the £125m contract covers the delivery of 245 vehicle sets, each consisting of a primary sight, local situational awareness (LSA) camera system and smoke dispenser, specifically for the Scout variant of the vehicle.
The company will also supply additional 344 LSA sets for other versions of the vehicle in the same time period.
All equipment is scheduled to be manufactured at Thales’ optronics facility in Glasgow, maintaining 40 highly skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs.
Scotland Secretary David Mundell said: "This contract underlines how our engineers continue to excel in providing skills, expertise, and support for the Armed Forces activities across the globe.
"The UK’s defence industry is worth billions of pounds and generates economic benefits for communities across Scotland, through jobs, supporting services and, as today’s announcement shows, contracts through the supply chain."
The armoured vehicle sighting systems are anticipated to provide the MoD with a step change in its vehicle reconnaissance and surveillance capability.
The Orion Primary Sight offers a full 360° day and night surveillance capability, which automatically locates and tracks potential targets from their thermal signature, alerting the vehicle’s crew to their presence.
The LSA system, along with the Primary Sight, makes the battlefield a safer place for the British soldiers through enhanced situational awareness.
Thales UK CEO Victor Chavez said: "Our sighting systems for the Scout SV vehicle will provide the UK MoD with a step change in its vehicle reconnaissance and surveillance capability and will greatly enhance the prospect of mission success and survivability on the battlefield."
Deliveries are scheduled to take place over a five-year programme between 2016 and 2021.
In addition to sighting systems, Thales will also supply an initial spares provisioning package in harmony with the £390m in-service support contract for the Scout SV fleet recently won by GD.
GD will supply 589 Scout SV platforms to UK Army under a £3.5bn deal signed with the MoD in 2014.
Image: Thales armoured vehicle sighting systems will provide the UK MoD with a step change in its vehicle reconnaissance and surveillance capability. Photo: courtesy of Thales.