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France: maintenance of Sccoa systems to Thales

The 1.5 billion Euro contract for ten years

French aerospace, defense, and security specialist Thales has signed a 1.5 billion dollars 10-year contract with the French Defense Ministry's Directorate of Aeronautical Maintenance (Dmae) to take care of the Command and Control System for Aerospace Operations (Sccoa). It will also be responsible for the supply of spare parts in overseas theaters of operation and communication and radar systems. 

The company is one of the very first to benefit from this type of so-called verticalized Vassco (VerticAlisation du Soutien du Sccoa) contracts with the armed forces, which will replace the 35 heterogeneous contracts previously in place. In this way, Thales will coordinate some fifteen industrial contractors. The company specializing in electronics will be in charge of creating a more efficient logistics system, which will ensure support for Sccoa at 125 sites in France and abroad, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Sccoa is composed of more than 700 systems (radars, information systems, networks) and is essential to the permanent air safety posture. It is responsible for the surveillance and control of airspace, the coordination of ground-to-air defense, the planning, programming and conduct of operations on national territory as well as external ones. 

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