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D&S 2017: Thales signs MoU with Thai DTI

7th November 2017 - 01:11 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Bangkok


Thales and the Defence Technology Institute (DTI), the Thai Ministry of Defence’s research and development agency, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 6 November regarding research and collaboration in the areas of integrated air defence systems, digital communications and command-and-control systems.

The signing occurred at the Defence & Security 2017 expo, being held in Bangkok from 6-9 November.

‘This MoU furthers the cause for collaboration and innovation in multiple areas, including integrating radars, effectors, command-and-control systems and digital communications to provide the Thai armed forces with leading air defence capabilities,’ said a press release. 

The MoU allows for the ‘transfer of technology and know-how’ to Thai industry.

Featured at the Thales booth were a variety of air operations, land defence and underwater systems. Air operations solutions included the Ground Master radar family - the GM60 ultra-tactical multirole 3D radar and the GM200 multi-mission tactical 3D medium-range air defence radar. The GM200 has been procured by both Indonesia and Malaysia.

On display was the high-velocity Starstreak air defence system for close air defence against conventional air threats such as fixed-wing fighters and helicopter targets. 

Starstreak was procured by the Royal Thai Army in 2012, and in 2015 the army signed an MoU with Thales for second and third batches of the system, a Thales source said. ‘Indonesia and Malaysia have also ordered the Starstreak within the past few years.’

Also on display was the Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) for surface targets such as static installations, armoured personnel carriers, asymmetric threats and fast inshore attack craft. The missile can be launched from helicopters, fixed- or rotary-winged UAVs, wheeled or tracked vehicles and fast inshore naval craft.

Thales also showcased its Combined Active/Passive Towed Array Sonar (CAPTAS-2) towed sonar system, which is a high-performance, low-frequency, variable-depth sonar for multipurpose frigates. 

For land defence, the booth displayed the Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon missile system and the Sophie LITE handheld target locator.

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