Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited the manufacturing and research and development facilities of Sydney-based electronics firm Thomas Global Systems on Tuesday just a day after the release of his Government's Defence Export Strategy.
The PM was briefed on Thomas Global’s work to support key Australian, US and international defence programs including those for the Collins Submarine, the ASLAV Crew Procedural Trainer, Hawkei PMV-L, M1A1 Abrams Tank and the TOW Missile System. He was also shown the company’s advanced avionic display products which operate in a wide range of commercial and military aircraft cockpits internationally.
Thomas Global CEO Angus Hutchinson said Thomas Global has been providing and sustaining critical electronic systems for over 60 years, providing Australia and partner nations with unique advantages.
“We value the support of the Australian Government and today's visit by Prime Minister Turnbull was an opportunity to talk about how we can further develop and grow the Australian defence industry,” he said.
The Prime Minister’s visit follows the release of the Australian Government’s Defence Export Strategy, and Thomas Global received special attention in the document on P.43, where its endeavours are outlined in a case study which reads thus: “A combination of work for Defence and export opportunities has created a virtuous cycle for Thomas Global that has enabled it to expand, and develop innovative products and a skilled workforce”.
Thomas Global Chairman William Hutchinson said the company has grown on the back of its ability to sell products internationally so was delighted the Australian Government has made defence exports a priority for the wider industry.
“I have never been more excited about the future of Australia’s defence industry and I am confident the industry can expand and thrive.”