Context and challenges

In the 1980s France sold 4 military ships to Saudi Arabia. Commissioned in 1985 and 1986, these 115-meter long ships, carrying a 2850-ton load, were able to reach a 30-knot speed, thanks to 4 diesel engines of more than 23 MW.

The project owner wished to increase the life duration of these military ships.

A leading company in the naval defence sector won the contract for the maintenance of these ships and called on Assystem to supervise the maintenance operations using its expertise in the military industry and systems sector.

Project scope

  • Ship maintenance
  • Preventive and curative maintenance for mechanical and electrical systems, upgrade of infrastructure to new standards
  • Works scheduling
  • Coordination with the project owner and on-site activity

Expertise: marine electricity, marine mechanics, spare parts

  • Maintenance in Operational Conditions (MOC) of battle systems: radars, communication tools (interferers, secure communications, Arabel systems, electronic warfare), canons
  • Contract management
  • Supervision of all local staff operating on the project

Staffing of 17 Assystem collaborators on-site

Client benefits

  • Increased visibility on the progress of action due to optimal project management and supervision
  • Trades expertise in the military and battle systems fields enabled accelerated operational deployment
  • Greater communication and improved relationships between the client and the project owner, due to Assystem’s existing strong relationship with the Saudi administration


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