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Thales begins installation of leading-edge systems at HQJOC

13 August 2008

Leading aerospace, defence and security company Thales has begun installing C4ISR systems at HQJOC; the Australian Defence Force's new Headquarters Joint Operations Command facility in Bungendore, NSW.

C4ISR are the essential Command, Control, Communication, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance technologies that provide the ADF with coherent and comprehensive mission-critical information.

The complex project started 18 months ago, comprising analysis, design, development, reconfiguration and testing in the lead-up to the rapid on-site installation. The work will take place over four months, and will include full installation, testing and commissioning. When fully operational, HQJOC will bring together strategic military and civilian staff from across the defence services and agencies. This will improve the effectiveness of joint planning, the allocation of resources for military operations, and the command and control of operations.

Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia's managing director, said the company was proud to be supporting the ADF in such an important project.

"Thales and the Commonwealth team, under the leadership of Brigadier Wayne Budd, are working closely to deliver this world-class facility.

"We also recognise the valuable contributions of our subcontractors, many of whom are SMEs providing highly specialised skills and services.

"Thales has deployed specialists from across the company's divisions on this project. As a result, our systems will be at the centre of HQJOC's operations - a significant demonstration of Thales's integration expertise and technology leadership."

About Thales

Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales's leading-edge technology is supported by 22,000 R&D engineers who offer a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy field-proven mission-critical information systems. To this end, the group's civil and military businesses develop in parallel and share a common base of technologies to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. The group builds its growth on its unique multi-domestic strategy based on trusted partnerships with national customers and market players, while leveraging its global expertise to support local technology and industrial development. Thales employs 68,000 people in 50 countries with 2007 revenues of AUD19 billion.

Thales Australia is the leading defence systems and engineering company in Australia and is also present in civil sectors ranging from air traffic management to security systems and services. Employing 3,700 people in over 35 sites around the country, Thales Australia recorded revenues in 2007 amounting to over AUD1 billion.

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