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Thomas Global Systems wins US defence contract

Thomas Global Systems wins US defence contract

The company has been tapped to deliver its display technology for integration in armoured fighting vehicles.

The company has been tapped to deliver its display technology for integration in armoured fighting vehicles.

Thomas Global Systems has been 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’s president and COO, said.

“… 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.”

According to Thomas Global, the NextGen BIOC technology can support additional functionality and optimisation by leveraging existing sensors via image enhancement.

This new award comes just months after Thomas Global Systems 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.

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.

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.

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

[Related: Thomas Global Systems unveils new tech for armoured vehicles]

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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