According to IntelligenceOnline, the CS Group-Thales consortium has won the competition to supply the French defence ministry with C-UAS equipment as part of the ministry’s strategic PARADE C-UAS programme.
The consortium reportedly won the contract against rival bids from Indra and MBDA, following a series of tests in Toulon during late 2021.
According to ForceOperations: “PARADE will have to ensure the permanent and 360° protection of military or civilian sites located in France or in theatres of external operations in all weathers, day and night. Each system will include at least a scalable C2 system, a radar, a goniometer, an optronic system and a jamming system. PARADE will ensure the automatic detection, characterization and identification, as well as the neutralization of micro and mini-drones, whether or not they emit electromagnetic waves. This system is expected to be moved from one site to another.”
The initial plan is to have ten C-UAS systems operations by the end of 2022 in time for deployment before the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and the Paris Olympics in 2024.
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