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Thomas Global Systems unveils new tech for armoured vehicles

A new computing system is set to bolster the capability of sovereign armoured vehicle systems.

A new computing system is set to bolster the capability of sovereign armoured vehicle systems.

Thomas Global Systems has unveiled the first C2ISR Modular Reconfigurable Armoured Vehicle Computing System (MRACS), which leverages proprietary reconfigurable computing architecture to deliver a “highly modular” and “ruggedised” tactical computing and display system.

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MRACS is built to be rapidly customised to suit program requirements, which include Ruggedised Vehicle Displays, GVA Displays, Vehicle Mounted Computers, and Distributed and Central Vehicle Servers.

“We are proud to launch MRACS as a world-leading, Australian designed and manufactured armoured vehicle computing and display system,” Angus Hutchinson, CEO of Thomas Global Systems, said.

“We are very pleased to have MRACS selected for an Australian land vehicle program, reinforcing our position as a trusted supplier of innovative, high integrity armoured vehicle electronics.”

The first iteration of MRACS contains an i7 Intel Processor, expandable 1TB Solid State Storage, Gbit Ethernet, RS232/422, CAN and USB3 communications ports and configurable DVI/HDMI outputs.

According to the firm, the launch of MRACS extends its sovereign armoured vehicle capabilities and provide further export opportunities.

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Thomas Global currently supplies armoured vehicle electronics both domestically and internationally. 

The unveiling comes less than a month after Thomas Global Systems partnered with Global Defence Solutions (GDS) to source locally developed and manufactured components for the Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) Immersive Tactical Trainer (ITT) system under its LAND 400 Phase 2 subcontract with Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA).

As part of a strategic partnership, GDS will supply Thomas Global with 13 CSC-compliant 20-foot ISO steel shipping container frames to house turret and driver cabin equipment for RDA’s Boxer CRV simulators.

Thomas Global is sub-contracted to RDA to design and manufacture major components of the 13 containerised and six classroom ITT sets.

The ITT aims to assist Australian Army Boxer CRV operators in learning the operation of the Boxer CRV and its role in the Land Combat Vehicle System fleet.

[Related: Thomas Global and Global Defence Solutions team up on Boxer CRV Immersive Tactical Trainer Project]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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