On 6 April 2023, Naval Group and Thales Nederland entered into a Framework Agreement on key technologies. This cooperation framework was extended on 6 June 2023. This agreement represents an important step in establishing a direct, long-term relationship with one of the main strategic Dutch defence companies, in line with Naval Group’s objective to strengthen its European DTIB partnerships. This framework agreement is a 5-year renewable contract for the supply of key equipment and services for the naval radar segment, covering the complete life cycle of Thales Nederland’s equipment and services on Naval Group’s surface ships.
Dutch technologies are largely implemented onboard of Naval Group’s product-line, ranging from specific rubber mountings to Target-echo strength reducing materials and appendages. Naval Group intends to intensify this partnership with the Netherlands DTIB. The agreement with Thales Nederland is an important step in this direction. In 2017, the Group created Naval Group Nederland, a 100%-owned subsidiary based in The Hague, to reinforce its strategic presence in the Netherlands over the years to come.
Naval Group has built a robust partnership with the Netherlands Defence Technological and Industrial Base (NL-DTIB) for more than 30 years. With successful bids on several projects, this partnership has grown constantly: over the last 5 years, € 250 Million of revenue were generated to the NL-DTIB. Some 40 Dutch companies are supplying equipment and services in different stages of naval programs. The Netherlands Defence Technological and Industrial Base ranks among Naval Group’s Top 3 suppliers thanks to its ability to offer a large range of high-end technology and skills. Some Dutch partners have been onboard Naval Group ships for decades.
Naval Group is a major French industrial group specializing in naval defense design, development and construction. Its headquarters are located in Paris. Heir to the French naval dockyards initiated in 1631 by Cardinal Richelieu and to the Direction des Constructions et Armes Navales (DCAN), which became Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN) in 1991 and then DCNS in 2007, the company was rebranded Naval Group in 2017. Its two main shareholders are the French State (62.49%) and Thales Group (35%). Naval Group employs nearly 16,000 people across 18 countries.
Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs, develops and manufactures electrical systems as well as devices and equipment for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security sectors. Thales is partially owned by the French State and operates in more than 56 countries.