Thales Australia has been awarded a contract extension by the Australian Division of Defence for the SEA 1442 Section 3 program, an Web Protocol (IP) based mostly Maritime Tactical Vast Space Community (MTWAN) supporting the Royal Australian Navy’s Maritime Communications Modernisation and community centric warfare priorities. Thales’s MTWAN operates on the important core of the RAN’s maritime communication programs integration and implementation. The revolutionary answer includes an built-in IP-based digital setting, interfacing with a spread of present RAN programs. This low-risk method supplies future-proofing via using Business Off The Shelf parts, and reduces via life assist prices. Over the length of the SEA 1442 Section 3 program, Thales’s steady enchancment coverage and international entry to innovative applied sciences has enabled the adoption and implementation of subsequent technology enhancements to the system, guaranteeing the system is future proof, able to supporting present and future data alternate calls for, while additionally guaranteeing interoperability with joint, coalition and allied programs.

Thales has developed and deployed a number of main baseline upgrades of MTWAN to assist the rising calls for of elevated bandwidth for deployed forces, variety of communication bearers and enhanced cyber safety of tactical networks at sea. This work has included the mixing of extra business and navy SATCOM programs, Joint Area networks, and improved bandwidth utilisation instruments. The contract extension is testomony to the Thales Australia crew’s deep technical know-how delivered by skilled and extremely succesful Australian-based engineers situated at Thales’s Safe Communications Centre of Excellence at Rydalmere in Western Sydney.


Vice President for Digital Techniques at Thales Australia & New Zealand, Peter Bull, mentioned “We’ve actively supported the RAN for the final 12 years with the MTWAN system, guaranteeing this important functionality delivers the safety and reliability the RAN requires on operation. We’re proud the Commonwealth has proven confidence in its partnership with Thales Australia by extending this MTWAN assist contract even additional.”

Thales Australia is a trusted accomplice of the Australian Defence Pressure and can also be current in business sectors starting from air site visitors administration and floor transport programs to safety programs and companies. Thales Australia employs round 3,800 individuals instantly and helps over 2,051 job alongside its Australian provide chain. In 2020 Thales Australia spent $657 million with 1,841 Australia suppliers, of which 82% are SMEs. Since 2018 Thales Australia has spent over $1.9 billion with native Australian companies. Thales Australia has a historical past of affected person funding to construct superior in-country functionality throughout manufacturing, important programs and companies. Shut collaborative relationships with native prospects, Australian SME suppliers and analysis establishments mixed with expertise switch from our international enterprise permits Thales to tailor top quality options for Australian and export markets, producing income of $1.6 billion in exports over the previous 10 years.

Royal Australian Navy HMA Ships Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney sail in formationn via the Jap Australian Train Space off the coast of New South Wales, Australia. (Picture by Mr Peter Beeh/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)