Hypersonics development blasts off

January 25, 2022 - Thales Australia has welcomed today’s announcement by Defence Minister Peter Dutton of a major boost to the development of Australia’s sovereign Hypersonic weapons capability.

The Australian Hypersonics Research Precinct unveiled by the Minister at Eagle Farm in Brisbane today will accelerate collaboration between Defence, industry, universities and international partners to advance Australian development of hypersonic technology.

Thales Australia is proud to be actively supporting the government’s innovation and national security objectives through our Collaborative Research and Development Program delivering Advanced Rocket Motor Technology.

CEO of Thales Australia, Chris Jenkins, said the ability of Australian industry to be innovative and adaptive would be critical to the delivery of the government’s ambition.

“Thales is proud to work with are range of SMEs including Southern Launch, Airspeed, Mincham and Mackay Defence, who will deliver specialised technology for the complex program including tooling and precision engineering, specialised polymeric insulation products, composite cases, as well as design and launch services.

“Thales Australia already works with more than 600 Australian small and medium enterprises and a large range of weapons systems Primes to ensure the ADF receives the locally manufactured munitions they need.

“We look forward to the expansion of the defence ecosystem at Eagle Farm, where Thales currently has around 150 highly skilled and experienced staff supporting ADF programs.”

About Thales

Employing around 3,800 people, Thales Australia has a history of patient investment to build advanced in-country capability across manufacturing, critical systems and services. Close collaborative relationships with local customers, Australian SME suppliers and research institutions combined with technology transfer from our global business enables Thales to tailor high quality solutions for Australian and export markets.

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum computing – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. The Group provides its customers – businesses, organisations and governments – in the defense, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfil their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions.

Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2020 the Group generated sales of €17 billion.


Jasmin Hilleard, Director Communications

+61 2 8037 6034 / +61 420 903 636 Jasmin.Hilleard@thalesgroup.com.au

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