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Thales Australia selected for the Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program

22 November 2007

The program is administered by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the Defence CTD Program Office.

The CTD Program provides funded opportunities for Defence industries such as Thales Australia to demonstrate the application of new technologies and how they can provide increased capability for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The program keeps Defence well informed of the potential performance of emerging new technologies and any technical risk factors associated with their implementation.

Thales Australia is collaborating on sonar evolution with DSTO Maritime Operations Division. The project builds on the DSTO's Panorama processor and a prior Spherion Broadband Interactive Agreement (IPA) conducted under the successful TUS-RAN-DSTO Tripartite Alliance.

The Spherion is a Thales Underwater Systems hull mounted sonar. It involves the porting of the DSTO Panorama software application to an industrial Sonar Operator console (SOC). It provides an evolutionary path for Thales Underwater Systems' Spherion-B and Spherion-MFS in particular for active classification and passive operations. This technology prepares the way for future SEA 1448, ANZAC enhancement.

Thales Australia Managing Director Norman Gray said: "We are very pleased to be given the opportunity to showcase our capabilities in transitioning innovative technology applications developed in conjunctions with DSTO into an industrial and open architecture framework. This reinforces Thales Australia's reputation in developing world-leading technologies and products."

The CTD program was first funded in 1998 and to date, about $160 million has been allocated to various projects.


About Thales

Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales's leading-edge technology 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 forecast 2007 revenues in excess of € 12 billion.

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