Thales Will Continue to Maintain the Finish Long-Range and Medium-Range Surveillance Radars

HELSINKI, Finland (, July 5, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit:

The photo shows a Finnish Ground Master 403.

The Ministry of Defence of Finland announced on 2nd July 2018 that Thales LAS France S.A.S will continue to maintain of Long-Range Surveillance Radar and Medium-Range Surveillance Radar systems of Finland and thus will support the Defence Forces in maintaining air defence capacity. The period for which the extension of the contract is concluded between the Defence Forces and Thales covers 5 years from 2018 to 2023, learned

The Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö mandated the Finish Defence Forces to sign an extension maintenance agreement on the grounds of a proposal of the Defence Forces Logistics Command.

The Long-Range Surveillance Radar was purchased by Finland in 1988. It is a ground-based air surveillance radar system, which detects objects in distant and high altitudes.

The Medium-Range Surveillance Radar was purchased 21 years after the long-range one – in 2009. It is the most important part of the transportable air surveillance radar system of the Finish Air Force. Such a radar system is in operation in Estonia as well.

The maximum overall value of the extended maintenance contract is EUR 20 million and the employment impact for the domestic defence industry will be over 60 person-years.

Thales is a company that operates in 56 countries and serves five key sectors, and namely aerospace, space, ground transportation, defence, and security.