French connection for Sydney defence manufacturer

Electronics specialist Thomas Global Systems has partnered with French aerospace engineering company, Safran Group, to manufacture and support high-technology defence equipment made in Western Sydney.

Under the agreement, Thomas Global will create a specialist manufacturing facility to maintain and produce high technology systems like the PASEO long-range sighting system, now used by the French Army for their new armoured vehicles.

“This is another vote of confidence in Australia’s defence industry, and the ability of companies like Thomas Global to produce some of the most advanced defence systems in the world” said Defence Industry minister Christopher Pyne.

“The manufacture and support of high-end systems like the PASEO sighting systems in Western Sydney, the only location outside France, will offer significant export opportunities for Australian industry.”

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Safran Group Australia is based at Bankstown Airport, and supports critical systems for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on platforms including the ANZAC Frigates, Landing Helicopter Docks and the Air Warfare Destroyers.

The company also supports Tiger and MRH90 helicopters. Globally, Safran is a world leader in optronics, avionics and critical software, employing over 65,000 people worldwide.

Based in Regents Park, Sydney, Thomas Global Systems supports Australian defence programs, including for the Collins Submarine, Hawkei armoured vehicle and produces a variety of advanced avionic display products, which are in a wide range of commercial and military aircraft cockpits.

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