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09 Apr 14. Thales is playing a major role in the 30-year programme to design, construct, operate and maintain the French Ministry of Defence’s new headquarters in Paris. Thales’s role covers the overall design of the defence engineering side of the project, operation and maintenance of the new information and communication systems and responsibility for the site security systems. The design & build portion of the Balard project is a huge undertaking — and the task of protecting the site and its information and communication systems is no less critical.
The French Ministry of Defence, Thales’s largest customer, signed a public-private partnership agreement with Opale Défense to finance, design and construct the Balard headquarters as well as operate the complex and provide maintenance services for 30 years. Thales’s involvement begins at the design & build phase of the project, led by Bouygues Bâtiment Île de France, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction. Located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, the Ministry’s new headquarters will include the offices of the Minister for Defence and his special advisors, the Joint Staff of the French armed forces, the Chiefs of Staff of the three armed forces, the French defence procurement agency (DGA) and other key military departments and administrative services. From the handover date, Thales will operate and maintain these systems for a further 27 years. The Group is also responsible for the continuing evolution of the installed networks to ensure that they always incorporate the latest technologies and offer the highest levels of security. Thales will also guarantee the highest levels of availability for the communication and security networks and provision of 24/7 technical support. Thales is now operating and supporting the critical information systems and security systems for the 2,000 users who have already moved into the new facility. By 2015, Thales will have a dedicated local team of around 100 people in place at the site.

09 Apr 14. Fabrizio Giulianini, Chief Executive Officer of Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, officially opened the new Riyadh offices of Selex ES Saudi Arabia in the presence of highly distinguished representatives from the Saudi Arabian government and national agencies.
The offices, situated within the new and prestigious Granada Business Park, provide Selex ES with an ideal base to consolidate and establish business contacts and are conveniently located in the proximity of key customer headquarters and facilities. Selex ES bring to KSA break-through technologies that can be applied across a wide range of dual use solutions developed in-country to answer all requirements across the domains of Space, Air, Land and Sea. Already an established supplier to the defence sector in the Kingdom, the company has much to offer in diverse fields such as cyber security and information assurance, automated systems, air and vessel traffic management systems, protection of critical infrastructure and homeland security, as well as in the new integrated domain known as “Smart cities”.

09 Apr 14. Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson officially opened its newest office in Israel to support the Corporation’s growing presence in that important country. The new office further demonstrates the Corporation’s commitment to supporting the Israeli Defense Force and their “Move to the South” campaign. Former Israeli Air Force Brig. Gen. Shelly Gotman was recently appointed as managing director of Israel for the company’s Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business and will lead the office. Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS business has been the number one provider of information technology solutions and services to the U.S. government for the past 19 years. It has been growing its international presence with major operations in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia. Current IS&GS customers include NATO; British air traffic

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