The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has operationalized two Bang Rachan-class mine hunters which passed Final Acceptance Testing in June. Both mine hunters are now fully equipped with upgraded mine hunting capabilities. The modernisation effort increases the operational life of the Bang Rachan vessels by more than 15 years
The HTMS Bang Rachan and HTMS Nong Sarai were built in the eighties. The upgrade and modernisation effort commenced in April 2016 when Thales was selected as prime contractor to provide a full suite of underwater solutions onboard. This contract marked Thales’ first success in the underwater systems and sonars market in Thailand.
Thales the prime contractor for the programme and upgraded ships are fitted with new solutions including a machinery control system, navigation systems, upgraded communications capabilities, sonar and command and control (C2) system and a multi-influence signature range.
Thales has also equipped the RTN’s second Krabi-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) with a Command and Surveillance System that includes the TACTICOS combat management system. Final acceptance of the Thales contract was achieved in late September 2019.
Thales is the lead system integrator and the integrated solution includes the VARIANT surveillance radar, fire control radar and VIGILE Electronic Support Measures. Thales is also supplying the Tactical Data Links and is responsible for all integration of internal and external communication systems onboard the vessel.
Thales is a leading supplier to the RTN equipping 80 per cent of its fleet.
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