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BIG WIN FOR THALES ON AJISS COULD BE LARGEST ISS CONTRACT EVER.

The Government of Canada has awarded Thales ISS (In-Service Support) a contract to do refit, repair, maintenance and training to both Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and Joint Support Ships (JSS). Known as AJISS, the contract includes an initial service period of eight years for up to $800 Million CAD with options to extend services up to 35 years, for a total value of $5.2 Billion CAD, making it the largest ISS contract in Canadian history.

The contract builds on Thales' experience in providing in-service support to every major Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) platform for the past 50 years, including ISS for systems onboard Victoria-class submarines, Kingston-class maritime coastal defence vessels, Iroquois-class destroyers and Halifax-class frigates.

Thales will leverage its Canadian expertise in project management, systems engineering and integrated logistics support to lead the development of a new Canadian supply chain that will offer comprehensive in-service support for all systems and equipment of these fleets over their operational lifetime, ensuring they are mission-ready, on time, every time, from coast to coast to coast.

With over 16 years of performance-based ISS experience with the Royal Australian Navy in a relational contracting model, Thales will also transfer knowledge of existing and innovative ISS-ready solutions from Australia to Canada.

"As Canada's partner of choice for AJISS, Thales is committed to empowering Canadian industry to support this program for decades to come. Thales' ISS program solution will create jobs across Canada and will ensure that the ships are mission-ready, where and when they are needed, from coast to coast to coast." said Mark Halinaty, Thales Country Director in Canada.

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Title Annotation:DEFENCE NOTES
Publication:Canadian Defence Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Oct 1, 2017
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