French company Thales has received a long-term services (LTSS) contract from Singapore-based SMRT Trains.

This contract has been awarded with support from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority.

Under the contract, Thales will continue the availability of its SelTrac communication-based train control (CBTC) signalling system on the North-South and East-West lines in the country.

The scope of the contract also includes the delivery of ongoing repair service, spares, and technical support for the existing signalling system on the country’s oldest train lines until 2033.

The company will offer both software and hardware obsolescence management and implement cybersecurity enhancements for the existing signalling system.

Thales security experts will also carry out technical and vulnerability checks and deliver security updates to address the evolving cyber threats.​ ​

In 2017, the firm’s SelTracCBTC signalling system was deployed on the North-South and East-West lines.

Thales Singapore country director and CEO Kevin Chow said: “In Singapore, Thales’ transportation solutions have helped deliver smooth and efficient passenger journeys for the last two decades.

“With this LTSS agreement, we are entrenching our transportation footprint in Singapore, strengthening our partnership with SMRT and LTA, and demonstrating our capabilities in world-class rail signalling and cybersecurity.”

Earlier this month, Thales secured two contracts from TransLink for the supply of a rain control system for a new operations control centre as well as a fully automated depot, known as operations maintenance centre 4 (OMC4).

Its CBTC technology will be installed in both the facilities, which are anticipated to become key elements of the Expo and Millennium Line Upgrade Programme.