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Thales Opens A New System Testing Centre for German F126 Project - April 23rd marked a major milestone in the F126 project in Hengelo in the Netherlands -
Thales Opens A New System Testing Centre for German F126 Project


NewswireTODAY - /newswire/ - Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, France, 2024/04/23 - April 23rd marked a major milestone in the F126 project in Hengelo in the Netherlands - Euronext: HO

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• Thales, the German Navy and German military procurement agency, BAAINBw (Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support), celebrated the official opening of the ‘extended Thales Testing Centre’.
• The extended Thales Testing Centre will serve as a F126 collaboration hub for the three parties as well as other project partners. The facility will enable prototyping, system validation, integration, and testing, before shipment to Germany, where construction of the frigates takes place.
• The opening of this testing centre is an important milestone towards the delivery of the first ship, scheduled for 2028.

The German Navy, the BAAINBw, Thales and other F126 project partners, such as Damen Naval, prime contractor for the F126 project, inaugurated the “extended Thales Testing Centre”, a system testing and integration facility dedicated to the project. Here, project partners and the BAAINBw will work together with the German Navy on this extraordinary project.

Last year, Thales has already doubled its local production capabilities in the Netherlands by expanding its own testing and integration facilities. Through to this experience of successfully ramping-up activities, the Group was able to deliver the German Navy and BAAINBw the ‘Extended Thales Testing Centre’ dedicated to the F126 project on time.

Collaborating, testing and integrating

As part of the project, the extended Thales Testing Centre will function as a collaboration hub for various project partners, to whom the facility offers a physical environment to collaborate, innovate and co-create solutions that address the customer’s needs.

Additionally, the system testing and integration will take place in this facility. The building is equipped with multiple testing positions for the ships’ sensors and other hardware. Furthermore, the integration of the mission system into Combat Management System TACTICOS will be validated here.

Created through collaboration

The delivery of this project milestone was made possible through the close collaboration between various project stakeholders and celebrated through the building inauguration in Hengelo with the presence of various projects partners, including broad representation from the German Navy and BAAINBw through Flottillenadmiral Andreas Czerwinski, Konteradmiral Christoph Müller-Meinhard, and Kapitän zur See Matthias Michael Potthoff. From design to construction and opening, the extended Thales Testing Centre is a real co-creation by the German Navy, BAAINBw, Damen, Dura Vermeer and Thales.

“By inaugurating the extended Thales Testing Centre today, we reach a great milestone in the F126 project. Together, we have created a collaborative environment that will enable our colleagues, partners and customer to work together on the innovative solutions for the F126 frigates.” said Dirk Jan de Bruijn, VP Above Water Systems Thales.

About Thales

Thales ( is a global leader in advanced technologies within three domains: Defence & Security, Aeronautics & Space, and Digital Identity & Security. It develops products and solutions that help make the world safer, greener and more inclusive.

The Group invests close to €4 billion a year in Research & Development, particularly in key areas such as quantum technologies, Edge computing, 6G and cybersecurity.

Thales has 81,000* employees in 68 countries. In 2023, the Group generated sales of €18.4 billion.

* These figures exclude the ground transportation business, which is being divested

About F126

In November 2020, Thales and Damen Naval signed a contract delivery and full integration of Thales’s Mission and Combat System for the four German F126 frigates. And so, Thales became part of the largest shipbuilding project in the history of the German Navy. The contract includes the option for two more frigates. The first ship is due to be delivered to the German Navy in 2028. The frigate class, designed by Damen, will be a flexible multi-mission platform, offering broad operational functionality. The construction of the ships will take place in German Shipyards, under the coordination of project partner Blohm & Voss.

Thales will be part of the frigates through the delivery of a majority of sensors and the integration of the combat system through the Combat Management System Tacticos. Additionally, Thales will provide the Satellite communication system SurfSAT-L and various logistic services, including multiple land-based test and training sites. All these solutions will be delivered cyber secure by design, prepared for all modern threats.

Thales in the naval domain

With more than 50 years of experience as a provider of naval equipment, systems and services, Thales offers naval forces around the world unrivalled expertise and proven operational benefits. Thales understands how naval and maritime affairs are evolving today, and leverages those insights to help ensure the success of a broad range of naval missions around the world. Thales air defence, surface defence, anti-submarine warfare and maritime safety & security systems are now in service with more than 50 navies.

Press Contacts

Camille Heck - Thales, Media Relations Land & Naval Defence
P: +33(0)6 73 78 33 63 - E: camille.heck[.]

Job van Harmelen - Thales, Head of Communication Netherlands
P: +31(0)6 10088211 - E: Job.vanharmelen[.]

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