Defence and aviation design and manufacturing firm Thomas Global Systems has appointed a new managing director to oversee the company’s Australian defence business unit.
Andrew Hutchinson has been appointed managing director of Thomas Global Systems’ Australian defence business unit, the company has confirmed.
In his role, Hutchinson will be responsible for overseeing the company’s Australia defence business line having already served as vice president of engineering and programs, overseeing commercial and military programs in Australia and the US.
According to Thomas Global Systems, Hutchinson has overseen significant projects including the Next Generation Biocular Display technology supported by the Commonwealth’s Defence Innovation Hub, the training system project for the Australian Army’s Boxer CRV, the crew procedural trainer program for the ASLAV and the ISCMMS remediation project for the Collins Class submarine.
“Thomas Global Systems has a long and proud history of providing 100 per cent Australian sovereign capability to the Australian Defence Force and I’m honoured to take the lead of Thomas Global’s defence business in Australia,” Hutchinson said.
“I look forward to continuing our work supporting the ADF with the most innovative, reliable electronic systems technology available. Thomas Global values a close partnership between Defence and industry, and appreciates the Australian government’s strong and ongoing support for sovereign Australian Industry capability.”
In August, Thomas Global Systems was selected to support a major US armoured vehicle program, securing a multi-year contract to deliver digital targeting display systems for installation on the fleet.
The company’s BIOC technology leverages fully digital architecture to deliver a display solution free of cathode-ray tube (CRT) obsolescence risks.
The technology is expected to enhance unit reliability and cost of ownership, and can be adopted as forward-fit units or integrated into installed systems as part of obsolescence management or technology insertion programs.
“The selection of Thomas Global to provide vital targeting equipment to some of the world’s most advanced armoured vehicles reinforces our NextGen BIOC technology as the new standard in thermal sight displays for the US and international armoured vehicle market,” David Barnes, Thomas Global president and COO, said.
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“… Our NextGen BIOC targeting displays offer a generational step-change in reliability, performance and long-term supply chain dependability versus legacy BIOC solutions.
“We look forward to working with our growing family of NextGen BIOC users to support their long-term targeting display requirements.”