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Thales strengthening local munitions capability with new agreements



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THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP Minister for Defence Leader of the House Federal Member for Sturt

MEDIA RELEASE

5 September 2018

Thales strengthening local munitions capability with new agreements

Thales Australia has today expanded their partnership with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) to offer the latest munitions solutions to Australian Defence Force.

Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, congratulated Thales Australia and welcomed their agreement signed today with GD-OTS that will result in co-production and technology transfer for a variety of critical munitions products, with both companies committed to the growth of Australia’s Sovereign Industrial Capability.

“This agreement will make Thales Australia a part of the GD-OTS’s international supply chain, which could facilitate additional exports into the United States from Australia across a range of munitions, supporting the Australian Government’s goal of becoming a Top 10 global defence exporter,” Minister Pyne said.

“Also covering medium calibre, mortar, tank and artillery ammunition, this agreement demonstrates a comprehensive, strategic approach to meeting the needs of the Australian Defence Force and could progress to include manufacturing the bombs for our region’s Joint Strike Fighters.”

“Thales Australia’s commitment to Australian industry marked in this agreement will ensure the company, and their SMES in its supply chain, are well equipped to continue manufacturing propellants, munitions, ammunition and small arms that provide Australian soldiers with a warfighting advantage.”

“By partnering with GD-OTS, Thales Australia is strengthening the identified Sovereign Industrial Capability in munitions and small arms research, design, development and

manufacture and generating economic benefit along its supply chain through potential export opportunities.”

“The Australian Government is maximising its $200 billion investment over the next ten years in defence capability in Australia - the largest in our peacetime history - and it is encouraging companies like Thales Australia are choosing to invest in Australia”, Minister Pyne said.

Media contacts Scott Bolitho: 02 6277 7840 pynemedia@defence.gov.au Eleisa Hancock: 02 6277 7840, pynemedia@defence.gov.au Defence Media (02) 6127 1999, media@defence.gov.au

Authorised by the Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence, SA, Australia.