CMN Composites wins major new military contract

06 January 2003

CMN Composites, the specialised manufacturing division of French naval shipbuilding group, Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN), has been awarded a major new contract to construct and supply high-technology containers for surface to air missiles.

The contract from the French government’s weapons procurement agency, Delegation Generale pour l’Armement (DGA), is to design, construct and supply a total of 120 specialised containers for the transportation and storage of the missile ammunition for the Crotale VT1 mobile air defence system. The cases will be constructed in composite materials to a high specification and will be delivered over a period of several months.

The Crotale VT1 is a mobile, vehicle-based, ground to air missile system developed by Thales to provide protection against air attack for land forces and military installations. The value of the contract has not been disclosed but was said to be worth ‘several hundred thousand Euros’. “This contract is very important for CMN Composites as it further establishes the company’s pre-eminent position internationally in the supply of these specialised containers,” said a CMN spokesman.

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