Thales to represent GD Ordnance and Tactical Systems in Australia

Thales Australia has strengthened its relationship with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, having been named the U.S. based company’s representative for ammunition products in Australia and New Zealand.

The two companies have worked closely together since signing a long-term teaming agreement in early 2011. A key objective of the partnership is to transfer technology and know-how in order to deliver an improved offering to the Australian Defence Force beyond Thales’s existing explosive ordnance supply contracts.

With significant explosives and munitions facilities in regional Australia, Thales is currently focusing on further streamlining manufacturing processes to help the Department of Defence meet savings targets specified under its Strategic Reform Program.

Mike Wilson, President of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, said: "Appointing Thales Australia as our representative in the region will provide an enhanced and more integrated approach to supporting the ammunition requirements of the Australian Defence Force.”

Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia’s CEO, said: "We are very pleased to strengthen our relationship with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems – one of the world’s leading suppliers of explosive ordnance – and look forward to collaborating on market opportunities now and in the future.”

Source: Thales Group (Paris: HO.PA)
Date: Aug 20, 2012