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Naval Group signs contract for modernization of Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier

By Defence Industry Europe

The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has officially commissioned the modernization of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, awarding the contract to Naval Group on December 28, 2023. This upgrade is scheduled to occur during the carrier's third major technical stop (ATM3) in 2027, with the modernized carrier expected to be delivered to the French Navy in 2028.

 

The modernization efforts will focus on renovating the combat system and anti-missile system, incorporating the new Thales Sea Fire radar with four fixed panels, Naval Group’s latest SETIS 3.0 combat management system, and MBDA’s new reconfigurable firing installation deploying Aster missiles.

 

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This project, facilitated by the 2024-2030 military programming law, is set to bolster the workload for several subcontractors, including prominent industry players like Thales, MBDA, Safran Electronics and Defense, Dassault Aviation, CS Group, TechnicAtome, and Eviden. It will significantly impact numerous French industrial sites, particularly in Toulon and Ollioules (Var), Brest (Finistère), Lorient (Morbihan), Limours and Massy (Essonne), and Le Plessis-Robinson (Hauts-de-Seine).

 

 

According to the 2024-2030 military programming law, the Charles de Gaulle’s modernization is a critical operation aimed at extending the operational capabilities of the aircraft carrier while adapting it to evolving threats. Conducted during the major technical stop overseen by the Fleet Support Service (SSF), this upgrade will ensure the Charles de Gaulle retains enhanced capabilities until its decommissioning and the commissioning of the next-generation aircraft carrier (PA-Ng).

 

 

The overhaul of the combat and anti-missile systems, particularly the integration of the Thales Sea Fire radar, MBDA’s Aster missile firing installation, and Naval Group’s SETIS 3.0 combat management system, will maintain the aircraft carrier’s defensive excellence against future anti-ship missiles and drones.

 

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