Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that work was underway on the next tranche of vehicle training simulators for Australian crews operating the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV).
Defence signed a $25 million contract with Thales Australia Limited for an additional nine Australian ASLAV Crew Procedural Trainers for the Australian Army in June last year. The nine additional simulators will take the total number ordered by Defence to 18.
Thomas Electronics is a key subcontractor. They are manufacturing, assembling and testing the simulated turret which holds the weaponry on top of the vehicle and the display screens on the simulators.
Mr Clare visited Thomas Electronics in Regents Park in Western Sydney this week to inspect work on the components they are manufacturing as well as the work they are undertaking on the Turret as part of the project.
"Thomas Electronics is a terrific Western Sydney company," Mr Clare said.
"They're doing important work. The components they are building here in Western Sydney are a big part of the simulators the Army uses to train soldiers to operate ASLAVs."
"They employ 95 people across the country. 20 people are working directly on this important project and another 10 are employed as sub-contractors."
"The simulators are used by ASLAV crews to provide optimised gunnery training before they deploy on operations," Mr Clare said.
"Simulation is an increasingly important method of training for Defence personnel as combat systems become more complex. It also increases the safety of our troops and reduces fuel usage."
Thomas Electronics will deliver their first pre-production unit to Thales this month, with the other eight being delivered progressively until March 2013. Thales will then deliver the completed simulators to Army throughout 2013.
Thomas Electronics develops, manufactures and supports military grade display systems for a wide range of other equipment used by the Australian Defence Force including:
- Seahawk helicopters;
- Anzac Class Frigates;
- Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft;
- Anzac Class Frigates; and
- PC-9 pilot trainers.
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