- Thales has a long history of cooperation with the Royal Malaysian Air Force for Air Defence solutions
- Thales has signed a contract to supply the Malaysian Armed Forces with the ForceSHIELD integrated system
- Thales, through its joint venture STE, is part of the AV8 programme for the Royal Malaysian Army. STE provides communication, vetronics, sensors, command & control, mortar and optronics
- The future Gowind corvettes will embark the SMART-S radar and the CAPTAS-2 sonar
- The Katsuri-class ships have been upgraded with the Tacticos Combat Management System
- STE is part of the Future Soldier System Program.
OverviewIn response to the modernisation plan of the Malaysian Armed Forces, Thales offers the full scope of its defence expertise and experience.
In the Naval sector, Thales supplies the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) with state-of-the-art above water and underwater sensors and mission systems installed onboard various Malaysian ships and combatants. Thales signed a contract to supply six SMART-S Mk2 naval surveillance radar systems, as well as six CAPTAS-2 towed sonar systems for the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). Thales successfully conducted combat system (Tacticos) integration work on Kasturi class corvettes for the RMN.
In the field of Communications and Command & Control systems, Thales has been providing the Malaysian Army with its secured digital communication solutions as part of the major digitalisation programme of the Malaysian Armed Forces. STE is also providing integration on various platforms. STE is a major supplier for DEFTECH (Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd). These vehicles are part of the 257 armoured vehicle units that are designed, developed, manufactured and commissioned by DEFTECH under a contract awarded in 2011.
In December 2014, the first 12 units of the 8X8 Infantry Fighting Vehicle 25 mm (IFV25) were handed over to the Malaysian Army. In the programme, Thales acts as a subcontractor of DEFTECH and is in charge of the integration of an advanced open vehicle electronic architecture. Thanks to its expertise in C4ISR systems for Land Forces, Thales provides an integrated and scalable vehicle electronic architecture in the AV8 programme. It includes a wide range of Thales equipment such as communications, vetronics, sensors, command & control, mortar and optronics that meet the rigorous operational performance criteria of the Malaysian Army.
In order to manage this programme in close cooperation with DEFTECH, Thales set up a system integration laboratory in the Kuantan factory, where the AV8 are manufactured. This laboratory is managed by Thales Malaysia Sdn Bhd and its joint-venture, STE, in order to strengthen its local footprint. A Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) centre will be built in order to enhance the maintenance of the Catherine cameras used by the Malaysian armed forces.
In the military aerospace sector, Thales has been supplying advanced airborne mission systems and avionics to the Royal Malaysian Air Force both for its fighter aircrafts as well as for its other mission aircrafts. Advanced capabilities provided by such systems include maritime surveillance (AMASCOS on B200T) and target designation missions (DAMOCLES on Su-30).
Thales provided the Malaysian Ministry of Defence an enhanced national Command and Control system: Sentry® command and control system and the Ground Master 400 radar.
In 2014 Global Komited Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Weststar Group of Companies was appointed by Thales to develop, promote, market, and distribute a wide range of Ground-Based Air Defence systems to the Malaysian Armed Forces. In August 2015, Malaysia signed a deal for the procurement of Thales STARStreak Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD), GM-K1 vehicles and light weight multiple launchers, radars and command and control systems.
Thales announced in September 2015 that a contract was signed with Global Komited to supply the Malaysian Armed Forces with ForceSHIELD, the Thales integrated Advanced Air Defence system. In addition to the STARStreak missiles, the system comprises CONTROLMaster 200 radar and weapon coordination systems, RAPIDRanger and RAPIDRover mobile weapon systems and the Next Generation Lightweight Multiple Launcher, as well as associated communications. The purchase of ForceSHIELD will enable the Malaysian Armed Forces to modernise and enhance the previously commissioned Thales STARBurst missile system, which has been in service since the mid 1990’s.
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