Israeli company Plasan Sasa - the world leader in armour andsurvivability systems for military vehicles - is partnering with Thales - aglobal technology leader for the defence market - to develop a new LightProtected Vehicle for the Australian Army and the international market.
Under Defence project Land 121 Phase 4, the AustralianDepartment of Defence will procure 1,300 PMV-L vehicles and trailers to replaceArmy's existing fleet of Landrovers. This program will procure four ProtectedMobility Vehicles - Light (PMV-L) variants - Command, Liaison, Reconnaissanceand Utility - all offering very high levels of protection from small arms fire,mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Deliveries are expected to beginin 2013.
Thales's Land & Joint Systems Division has significantexpertise in military and specialist vehicles including combat proven wheeledarmoured vehicles, land mine protection technology, high mobility engineeringvehicles and all terrain fire fighting vehicles.
Plasan specialises in the development and manufacture ofarmour systems for the military and commercial market using composite materialtechnologies. The company provides a vast range of systems for military armourand commercial clients worldwide.
"The new partnership between Thales and Plasan leveragesworld's best practice to provide real Australian capability on the globalstage, and creates a team well-equipped to take on local and internationalchallengers," said Ian Irving, Thales Australia's Land & JointSystems Division Vice President.
"Thales and Plasan are bringing the very best designand armour technologies to the project. Plasan's strengths, combined with ourmany years of experience with the successful Bushmaster program here in Australia,offer the Defence Materiel Organisation and the Australian Defence Force astrong team with unrivalled expertise.
"Plasan is adding considerable capability to theAustralian project team in protection system design, rapid prototyping, andtesting and evaluation for our next generation vehicle development for Australia'sProtected Mobility Vehicle - Light (PMV-L) requirement."
Plasan VP international sales and marketing Noam Hen said:"After extensive analysis of the market, we came to a very clearconclusion that Thales was the only company able to design and manufactureworld class protected mobility vehicles in Australia."
"The success of the Bushmaster shows Thales can delivereffective solutions to the Australian Defence Force, and we are looking forwardto incorporating our technologies and expertise into their next generationvehicle."
Plasan provides customized survivability solutions fortactical wheeled vehicles, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, naval platforms,personal protection and civilian armour vehicles. A recognized global leaderand industry veteran, Plasan's survivability solutions offer a uniqueoptimization between protection, payload, and cost by combining in-houseR&D, design, prototyping, and manufacturing capabilities.
Plasan has an impressive history of successful cooperationwith local companies throughout the markets in which it is active and can playdifferent roles in the manufacturing process. From "Build-to-Print"and "Add-on Armors" to a more comprehensive position in "CabReplacement" and "Chassis-up" projects, up to a "CompleteHull Design". It is a preferred supplier to the Israel Defense Forces andan approved supplier to Ministries of Defence around the world, with productionfacilities in Israel,US and France.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace,Space, Defence, Security and Transportation markets. In 2008, the companygenerated revenues of 12.7 billion euros (equivalent of AUD22.1 billion) with68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers,Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systemsand services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has anexceptional international footprint, with operations around the world workingwith customers as local partners.
Thales Australiais a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present incommercial sectors ranging from air traffic management to security systems andservices. Employing around 3,500 people in over 35 sites across the country,Thales Australiarecorded revenues of more than AUD1 billion in 2008.
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