AGIH Dupuy de Lôme (MINREM)
Thales was selected by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) on January 2002 as Prime contractor for the future French Joint SIGINT ship Dupuy de Lôme hosting the MINREM (Moyen Interarmées Navalisé de Renseignement d'origine Electro-Magnétique) payload, that will perform electronic intelligence missions in all waters. During crises and wars, she will gather and produce intelligence to help France's military authorities assess fast-evolving situations and issue warnings.
To ensure the programme's success, Thales set up an integrated prime contracting team, with:
- Thales Naval France acting as overall prime contractor, taking responsibility for project management, prime contractor-level engineering, functional integration, and acceptance testing both at the factory and during sea trials.
- Thales Communications acting as prime contractor for the MINREM payload, taking responsibility for all electronic systems (COMINT and ELINT), IT systems for intelligence, and internal and external communications.
- Thales Systèmes Aéroportés who supplied the ELINT system to intercept and process electromagnetic signals.
- Compagnie Nationale de Navigation, with its subsidiary Compagnie Maritime Nantaise, who supplied the platform The contract includes five years' maintenance and operational support that will ensure vessel availability meeting or exceeding 350 days per year The Dupuy de Lôme was handed over to the DGA on 15th December 2005, and accepted by the French Navy on the same day.