The main purpose of Lead System Integration (LSI) is to ensure delivery of new or modernised mission systems within budget and schedule and according to the specifications in order to ensure a vessel's optimum and continued warfare or mission capability throughout its planned life cycle.
This includes all aspects related to the optimum functional, technical and physical integration between mission system components themselves (CMS, tactical data link radar, optronics, sonar, weapon control, weapons, ESM, ECM, navigation, communication etc.) and between the mission system and the platform (the vessel).
Operational, technical and industry developments of the last decades have introduced a complexity in programs that require specialised Program Management skills to cope with e.g. multi site development, cultural differences, subcontractors partners, fixed time/fixed date contracts, overall coordination and risk management.
Thales has a proven track record in this art of program management and system engineering, and has performed numerous programs as Lead System Integrator or even Prime Contractor.
The main benefit for the customer is the reduction or elimination of risks associated with naval shipbuilding or modernisation projects. Thales in its role as Lead System Integrator accepts responsibility for the administration and execution of all activities required to define, procure, install, test and validate the combat system related items so that the required capabilities are proven to function according to the customer needs.