World leaders Thales and Plasan partner for next generation vehicles bid

Israeli company Plasan Sasa - the world leader in armour and survivability systems for military vehicles - is partnering with Thales - a global technology leader for the defence market - to develop a new Light Protected Vehicle for the Australian Army and the international market.

Under Defence project Land 121 Phase 4, the Australian Department of Defence will procure 1,300 PMV-L vehicles and trailers to replace Army's existing fleet of Landrovers. This program will procure four Protected Mobility Vehicles - Light (PMV-L) variants - Command, Liaison, Reconnaissance and Utility - all offering very high levels of protection from small arms fire, mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Deliveries are expected to begin in 2013.

Thales's Land & Joint Systems Division has significant expertise in military and specialist vehicles including combat proven wheeled armoured vehicles, land mine protection technology, high mobility engineering vehicles and all terrain fire fighting vehicles.

Plasan specialises in the development and manufacture of armour systems for the military and commercial market using composite material technologies. The company provides a vast range of systems for military armour and commercial clients worldwide.

"The new partnership between Thales and Plasan leverages world's best practice to provide real Australian capability on the global stage, and creates a team well-equipped to take on local and international challengers," said Ian Irving, Thales Australia's Land & Joint Systems Division Vice President.

"Thales and Plasan are bringing the very best design and armour technologies to the project. Plasan's strengths, combined with our many years of experience with the successful Bushmaster program here in Australia, offer the Defence Materiel Organisation and the Australian Defence Force a strong team with unrivalled expertise.

"Plasan is adding considerable capability to the Australian project team in protection system design, rapid prototyping, and testing and evaluation for our next generation vehicle development for Australia's Protected 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 clear conclusion that Thales was the only company able to design and manufacture world class protected mobility vehicles in Australia."

"The success of the Bushmaster shows Thales can deliver effective solutions to the Australian Defence Force, and we are looking forward to incorporating our technologies and expertise into their next generation vehicle."

About Plasan

Plasan provides customized survivability solutions for tactical wheeled vehicles, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, naval platforms, personal protection and civilian armour vehicles. A recognized global leader and industry veteran, Plasan's survivability solutions offer a unique optimization between protection, payload, and cost by combining in-house R&D, design, prototyping, and manufacturing capabilities.

Plasan has an impressive history of successful cooperation with local companies throughout the markets in which it is active and can play different roles in the manufacturing process. From "Build-to-Print" and "Add-on Armors" to a more comprehensive position in "Cab Replacement" and "Chassis-up" projects, up to a "Complete Hull Design". It is a preferred supplier to the Israel Defense Forces and an approved supplier to Ministries of Defence around the world, with production facilities in Israel, US and France.

About Thales

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. 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 as 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 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.

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