February 25, 2013 6:14 PM

Mark at the Thales site on Bird Hall Lane

Cheadle MP Mark Hunter has welcomed the announcement that major local employer Thales UK has been awarded contracts to supply the Sonar 2076 fully-integrated "search and attack" submarine sonar system for the UK's sixth and seventh Astute Class submarines. Thales is a French-owned company whose UK base is in Stockport.

Thales UK, which has a large site on Bird Hall Lane between Cheadle Hulme and Cheadle Heath, is a global technology leader for the defence and security and the aerospace and transport markets. The latest contract will see Thales provide the state of the art submarine with its "eyes and ears".

Following the announcement, Mr Hunter sent out the following message to all of the local employees:

I am delighted to have the opportunity of congratulating Thales Cheadle on their latest success in being awarded contracts to supply state of the art sonar equipment for the Astute Class submarines and welcome this extremely good news for all involved at the Bird Hall Lane site.

Thales have long been at the cutting edge of new technology in this very specialist field and this contract is further evidence of known expertise and a reflection of the international standing and recognition of the company as a global player in the defence and security industry. Having visited the Astute class submarine base at Barrow myself, and met with the Thales team at Cheadle several times, I am very pleased at the continuing close co-operation between BAE Systems Maritime and Thales and wish the project every success for the future.

Commenting, Phil Naybour, head of Thales UK's naval business, said:

"Thales is proud to be supplying Sonar 2076 for all seven Astute Class submarines. This successful programme reflects the skill and dedication of our teams in Cheadle and Templecombe, and also the close support and cooperation we have received from BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defence."

Commenting further, Mark said:

"This is great news and will be a huge boost to the workforce at the Bird Hall Lane base.

"After a positive 2012 with more jobs across our area and a number of success stories for local businesses, this announcement will bring extra security to the hundreds of workers at the Thales site.

"Congratulations again to all those involved on the successful bid!"

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