Thomas Global Systems (Thomas Global) has teamed with regional New South Wales Defence SME Global Defence Solutions (GDS) to source locally developed and manufactured components for the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) Immersive Tactical Trainer (ITT) system under its Land 400 Phase 2 subcontract with Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA). 

As part of a strategic partnership, GDS will supply Thomas Global with 13 CSC-compliant 20-foot ISO steel shipping container frames to house turret and driver cabin equipment for RDA’s Boxer CRV simulators. Thomas Global is sub-contracted to RDA to design and manufacture major components of the 13 containerised and six classroom ITT sets. The ITT will assist Australian Army Boxer CRV operators in learning the operation of the Boxer CRV and its role in the Land Combat Vehicle System fleet. 

“The Boxer CRV ITTs we are producing with GDS, and our other Australian industry partners, are the result of work by hi-tech, skilled Australians and represent a world-class capability,” said Angus Hutchinson, CEO of Thomas Global. “We are proud to be working with GDS to grow sovereign industry capability and high-skilled jobs in Australia and look forward to working with RDA to produce a world-class, Australian designed and manufactured ITT system.” 

GDS Managing Director, Laurie Koster, said, “We are delighted to have been chosen as a strategic partner by a recognised defence Industry-leader in complex electronic design solutions. Thomas Global’s proactive and meaningful approach to AIC workshare demonstrates how regional Australia’s Defence industrial base is growing with every opportunity to build and sustain a high-tech workforce in support of the nation’s strategic defence objectives.” 

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said collaborating to improve defence technology had the potential to enhance not just our national security, but also our reputation as a premier destination for defence innovation. 

“Through Investment NSW, the NSW Government is supporting the growth of a smart and connected defence industry that collaborates to pioneer the research and development of new defence technologies and products and leads the way in terms of industry expertise,” Mr Ayres said. 

“LAND FORCES 2021 is also an opportunity for NSW to show the wider defence industry that there is no better place to research, develop and commercialise game-changing ideas.” 

Thomas Global and GDS are proudly co-exhibiting with NSW Defence at LAND FORCES 2021, the Australian Indo Asia Pacific International Land Defence Exposition. To learn more about our capabilities, visit us at booth 2G12 (Hall 2). 

About Thomas Global 

Thomas Global Systems is an industry leader in the design, production and support of innovative electronic systems solutions for commercial aviation and defence applications. Since 1956, Thomas Global has consistently earned international recognition for practical innovation and dependability. Thomas Global leverages expertise in the design, manufacture, and maintenance of advanced flight deck displays and specialised avionics, armoured vehicle electronics and specialised mission-critical defence electronics and training solutions, supported by dedicated service and support teams. The company’s facilities are in Sydney, Australia, and Irvine, California. 

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