Thales Australia CEO, Chris Jenkins has formally signed three memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with AMOG Consulting, GRA and ECLIPS to support the lethality and capability of the Australian Army.
Thales is committed to delivering capability assurance to the Australian Defence Force while reducing the total cost of ownership and increasing supply chain visibility.
Thales Australia is building on its longstanding technical partnership with AMOG consulting with this MOU facilitates collaboration for the delivery of technical, safety and engineering management services.
AMOG Consulting, GRA and Eclipse will add their expertise to Thales’ offer to deliver to Defence the best supplier engagement model for the upcoming LAND 159/4108 program.
AMOG has worked with Thales for over 15 years on multiple programs, including the recently announced sonar test facilities being investigated in Tasmania, and research into stealth technology for submarine periscopes and optronic masts.
Ben Clark, AMOG chief executive, welcomed the announcement: "AMOG is very proud to continue our long association with Thales and join them on this bid to provide new equipment and systems to enhance the fighting capability of our troops on the ground."
ECLIPS is a world-leading logistic systems engineering company, with an ethos of research and development. The MOU signed with Thales enables deeper collaboration on automated identification technology.
GRA is an expert consulting firm specialising in supply chain and logistics strategy, planning and execution. The agreement will harness this expertise for supply chain and fleet management.
Steve Bray, partner at GRA, said that the company is excited to join Thales’ LAND 159 team.
“Leveraging a mixture of ADF technology and new data capture and visibility technologies, GRA will bring alternate acquisition and sustainment operating models, highly skilled ILS practitioners and best practice process and methodologies, to better manage capability assurance, cost and risk,” he said.
With Thales one of three shortlisted companies, it is anticipated that the full request for tender will be released in early 2020, as part of a staged program spanning a number of years.
Thales in Australia is a partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management and ground transport systems to security systems and services. Employing around 3,900 people, Thales in Australia recorded revenues of more than $1.39 billion in 2018 and export revenue of over $1.6 billion in the past 10 years.