Sydney-based company DroneShield has taken its first order from Thales Spain, as the companies build upon their teaming agreement.
The pair agreed on a partnership in December 2018, and Thales Spain intends to integrate DroneShield's detection and mitigation products into its "broader family of defence products", to market in Spain and globally to its customers.
“We work with many outstanding Australian SMEs such as DroneShield that can add real value to Thales solutions. It’s great to be able to assist them to access our export markets,” Anne Munro, Thales Australia global supply chain manager, said.
The integration process will include Thales' Squire radar and its Gecko Optronics System pairing with DroneShield's specialist drone detection system.
“We are excited about the continued progression of our partnership with Thales Spain, and look forward completing the integration, and marketing the combined solution to Thales customers globally,” Oleg Vornik, DroneShield chief executive, said.
The initial teaming agreement stated that Thales "would utilise and promote DroneShield’s products in its defence and security contract bids in Spain involving counter-drone aspects".
At the time, Vornik said that "over the course of the recent year, we have made substantial progress with advancing our market penetration in NATO countries and in Spain in particular".
"This partnership with Thales builds on the work we have undertaken and couples it with Thales’ extensive market penetration in Spain, as well as it long-established brand and reputation in this market, in order to achieve a multiplier effect on our and Thales’ counter-drone efforts," he said.
DroneShield was founded in 2014 in Sydney, and develops multilayer pre-eminent drone detection and disruption solutions that protect people, organisations and critical infrastructure from intrusion from drones.