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Thales Australia to develop new soldier weapon system

7th November 2019 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Thales has committed to developing a new future soldier weapon system for the Australian Defence Forces at its Lithgow small arms manufacturing facility in New South Wales. 

It will integrate disruptive digital technologies, advanced sensor and targeting equipment and networked communications into the system, which collectively will provide Australia with a capability advantage, Thales says. 

The company will draw on its advanced manufacturing techniques to develop a weapon system that will combine cutting edge sensors and targeting systems, biometric security safeguards, tactical network links to enable collaborative engagement, plus enhanced command, control and situational awareness for both individual soldiers and commanders.

Thales’ Lithgow small arms manufacturing facility has been developing systems for Australia since 1912, and the company says that this new development will help continue this heritage.

‘Rapid advances in digital technology bring increasing threats as well as new capabilities,’ Chris Jenkins, CEO of Thales Australia, said.

‘Thales’ future weapon system accelerates the development process for an era of networked warfare.’

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