Thales opens new Australian site in Townsville

Thales has strengthened its support to the Australian Defence Force with the opening of a new facility in Townsville, Queensland.

Major General Paul McLachlan, Head of Land Systems at the Defence Materiel Organisation, officially opened the facility in a ceremony also attended by Townsville MP Scott Stewart, representing the Premier of Queensland, plus Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins and other employees.

The team in Townsville will primarily support the ADF’s life-saving Bushmaster vehicles, which have proven so effective in protecting Australian troops on operations.

The Townsville facility will supplement the company’s main Bushmaster support centre at Eagle Farm, Queensland, and also the protected vehicles manufacturing facility in Bendigo, Victoria.

Kevin Wall, Thales Australia’s Protected Vehicles Vice President, said: “We are committed to providing the best support for the Bushmaster fleet around the country, and our investment in this new facility will deliver convenient services close to a major Army base.”

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets. In 2013, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.

Thales Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management and ground transport systems to security systems and services. Employing around 3,200 people in over 35 sites across the country, Thales Australia recorded revenues of AUD 1 billion in 2013.