Thales has successfully secured an order from prime contractor Australian Aerospace to upgrade the TopOwl Helmet-Mounted Sight Display (HMSD) Display Modules fitted to the Australian Army's fleet of Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters.
A key component in the Army's ARH, the TopOwl HMSD links the pilot directly to the helicopter's armaments, night vision and navigation systems. The upgraded modules will significantly enhance the ARH's night vision capability.
Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia's Managing Director, said: "Thales is proud to be contributing its leading TopOwl HMSD and avionics technology to the ARH program for Australian Army Aviation".
"This contract continues Thales Australia's longstanding partnership and close working relationship with Australian Aerospace."
Thales is one of the largest suppliers to the ARH and MRH-90 program. The company provides Australian Aerospace with technical, logistics and supply support services for a range of Thales equipment installed on the Tiger helicopters, specifically avionics, communications, electrical components and the rocket subsystem.
Thales Australia acts as a local single point of contact for all global Thales OEMs, including the company's avionics, communications, electrical systems and military customer services businesses.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Space, Defence, Security and Transportation markets. In 2008, the company generated revenues of 12.7 billion euros (equivalent of AUD22.1 billion) with 68,000 employees in 50 countries.
Thales Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management to security systems and services. Employing around 3,500 people in over 35 sites across the country, Thales Australia recorded revenues of more than AUD1 billion in 2008.