Thales has been awarded a contract to supply a computerised command control communications and information (C4I) system to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Awarded by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia, the contract will see Thales Netherlands supply the new crew intercom system, Sotas Lite, for integration into the vehicles acquired under Australia’s Land 121 Phase 3B project.
In addition, Thales Australia will conduct the design activities for the C4I system, integrating customer furnished radios and systems into the intercom system.
Thales Netherlands Radio Communications Products head Marcel Grisnigt said: "This contract shows that the Sotas range is one of the world’s leading systems in its field.
"The new Lite version offers the same proven quality as the regular system."
Thales Sotas Lite is a new voice and data communications system designed for use in space constrained vehicles.
Aimed at programmes/vehicles that do not require extensive inter-vehicle networking capabilities, the system can be easily upgraded, if new requirements regarding system size and functionality arise.
The system can be upgraded with minimal impact on the existing installation, offering enhanced flexibility and logistical advantages that support a broad range of wheeled and tracked military tactical vehicles.
Sotas systems are currently fielded in more than 30 countries, including ADF’s Bushmaster programme in 2009 to 2012.
The Land 121 Phase 3B project covers the acquisition of up to 2,536 medium and heavy category logistic trucks, along with associated modules and approximately 1,700 trailers, for replacement of the ADF’s existing fleet of Unimog, Mack and S-Liner trucks.
Scheduled to be supplied by Rheinmetall as part of a contract awarded in July 2013, the Phase 3B fleet will include protected vehicles, for operational deployment and tactical training, and unprotected vehicles for tactical training purposes only.
Image: The Sotas Lite intercom system will be installed in ADF’s more than 2,500 Land 121 Phase 3B trucks. Photo: courtesy of Thales.