Thomas Global Systems Selected to Provide Abrams Tactical Training System
Thomas Global Systems has been selected as the lead system integrator for the Australian Army’s M1A2 Abrams Immersive Tactical Trainer (ITT), supporting the procurement of 75 M1A2 Abrams System Enhancement Program Version 3 (SEPv3) Main Battle Tanks (MBT) .
Stuart Robert, Minister for Jobs, Labour, Skills, Small Business and Family Business, with Dr Fiona Martin, MP for Reid, announced the award of the contract at Thomas Global Headquarters Systems in Sydney Olympic Park. Thomas Global Systems will establish a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newington, NSW to deliver 16 immersive tactical trainers. In addition to the announced acquisition agreement, Thomas Global Systems has signed a separate comprehensive support agreement to provide ongoing maintenance and support services for the delivered systems, bringing the total value of the program to approximately $50 million.
This latest contract builds on Thomas Global Systems’ 20 years of experience in military training simulation across land, sea and aerospace; including ASLAV Aircrew Procedure Trainers, Collins Class Submarine Trainers and more recently have been selected to provide training equipment for the Australian Army’s Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle.
When completed, the 12 containerized ITTs will be deployed to defense bases across Australia, along with four classrooms which will be permanently established at the Armored Vehicle Simulation Site located in Puckapunyal, Victoria.
Andrew Hutchinson, Managing Director of Thomas Global of Defense Australia, said: “As an Australian defense technology contractor, we are delighted to have been selected to support tactical aircrew training for the acquisition of the MBT. $3.5 billion M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams. This contract will allow Thomas Global Systems to further develop its sovereign capability to design and manufacture complex immersive training systems in Australia. This investment builds on the existing technical capabilities of Thomas Global Systems and will also create or support 65 highly skilled design and engineering jobs across the supply chain. The contract also supports the establishment of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newington.
“This five-year contract with the Australian government represents a significant opportunity for Thomas Global Systems to access Abrams’ global supply chain export markets, in support of the United States and our other allies and partners. . We look forward to continuing to develop our existing portfolio of Australian defense training and simulation work in conjunction with global partners such as Thales, Rheinmetall, Safran and Systematiq,” said Hutchinson.