The United Arab Emirates Navy selected French defense technology company Thales to provide improved electronic warfare, anti-submarine warfare as well as security and surveillance capabilities to its forces at the 2017 NAVDEX exhibition in Dubai.
The UAE Navy also announced a contract for the purchase of the latest addition to the Captas sonar family, the Captas-1.
Captas-1 is single ceramic ring high-performance sonar. It has been specifically designed for small surface combatants and patrol vessels.
Thales has also provided its solutions for Arialah, the first of two offshore patrol vessels (OPV) of the UAE Navy, that was commissioned at NAVDEX 2017 and dedicated to the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA).
As part of the suite Thales equipped the vessel with its 3D multibeam radar, SMART-S Mk2, optimised for medium-to-long-range surveillance in littoral environment and its combat management system, TACTICOS.
Thales also delivered STIR, a medium-to-long range tracking and illumination radar system and MIRADOR, a lightweight and compact electro-optical multi-sensor.