Thales AustraliaCEO: Chris Jenkins Finn St, North Bendigo VIC 3550 Tel: +61 3 5440 4311 +61 (0)2 8037 6000 email@example.com +61 (0)2 8037 6000 firstname.lastname@example.org Australia & New Zealand Press Enquiries +61 (0)404 073 169 email@example.com https://www.thalesgroup.com/en Australia has Prime Corporation status – and is one of 8 “primes” in the Global Supply Chain Program. This is primarily about grooming Australian companies to make military exports. Locations: Bendigo – Armoured Vehicles, Benalla – Munitions $1.6 billion of exports from Australia in past ten years In 2006 Thales acquired Australian Defence Industries, a major manufacturer of military equipment such as smokeless gunpowder and the Bushmaster IMV. In February 2018, Thales won on a A$1.2 billion ($946 million) contract with Airservices Australia and the Australian Department of Defence to unify Australia’s civil and military airspace under a single air traffic control system, named “OneSKY”.
Armoured Vehicles/Tanks2013 Thales sold 3 Bushmaster vehicles to Kopassus. This was a govt to govt contract worth $2.7 million, brokered by AMSO
2016During the fourth Ministerial 2+2 dialogue with Indonesia on October 27 2016, senior Australian defence industry officials signed a collaboration agreement to further develop a mine-resistant armoured vehicle which was launched at IndoDefence 2016 exhibition in Jakarta. According to the official joint communique, issued by Australian Foreign and Defence Ministers Julie Bishop and Marise Payne and their Indonesian counterparts Retno Marsudi and Ryamizad Ryacudu, the design is based upon the Australian Bushmaster design developed by Thales Australia. Thales and Indonesian armoured vehicle manufacturer PT Pindad will cooperate on the design, which would be customised for Indonesian Army (TNI) needs. The vehicle is called the Sanca. Thales-Pindad Sanca APC
MUNITIONS2018 The Australian government announced Monday (29 June) two deals with munitions suppliers that should help secure hundreds of Australian jobs for another decade. Defence signed a new agreement with Thales Australia for the continued management and operation of Australia’s munition factories in Benalla (Victoria) and Mulwala (New South Wales). The A$1.1 billion agreement provides ensures the supply of key munitions and components for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The government also signed a deal with supplier NIOA Munitions. Thales manufacture the following ammunition:
Thales bullets5.56 mm M193/NATO SS109 and L110 5.56 mm/7.62 mm brass & plastic blank 7.62 mm NATO ball/tracer .50 cal ball 20 mm phalanx and M55 full and sub-calibre projectiles 30 mm DEFA air-to-air and air-to ground 40 mm Q/F For practice Mk6, practice Mk 1 and 1 A/T Mk4 and HE 81 mm mortar augmenting charges 105 mm Tank 105 mm Tank L7 For L35A3 or L56A1 105 mm Howitzer M2 & M4 Zones 1–2 for M67, HE shell 105 mm Howitzer M2 & M4 Zones 3–4 for M67, HE shell 105 mm Tank L7 HESH 105 mm Tank L7 APPSDS 5”/54 naval 155 mm Ho witzer Zones 3–7 for M4A2.
Questionable Practices In the Realms of Corruption2 Revolving Door and Undue Influence
Thales and the Revolving DoorBrendan Nelson, former Defence Minister, was on the “advisory board” between 2015 and 2019. 1 Former ASIO boss Duncan Lewis joined the Thales board 5 months after he left ASIO 1
Thales and “Undue Influence”2“Defence recommends buying hundreds of vehicles from Thales, despite no need for them, just so Thales can keep its factory open” Fahy 2 Thales appears to be expert in exerting undue influence on Governments.
- influenced AG Christian Porter to censor key parts of the auditor general’s report (ANAO report) into procurement process for the Thales Hawkei vehicle.
- influenced the government of 2008-2011 to pursue a high risk program. / 2015 appointed Nelson to its advisory board / Agreed on the contract
- The option was $700million higher than the other options
- Defence purchased 214 extra vehicles even though there was no need for them $221million associated increase in expenditure. This was to keep the Bendigo plant operating.
- Refused to negotiate on prices once it was locked into the “prime” “GSCP” arrangements – the government lost leverage. 2
- Appears to have been involved in overpricing to the tune of $16million but this was “investigated” by a friend of the family. 2/3
- All of this was hidden and refused until Rex Patrick fought with the government the parts of the audit report that were redacted, visible. The Government was found to have acted wrongly in redacting parts of the report.4
https://www.michaelwest.com.au/culture-of-cosiness-colossal-conflicts-of-interest-in-defence-spending-blitz/ 1 Michelle Fahy reports https://www.michaelwest.com.au/department-of-defence-captured-by-foreign-weapons-makers-thales-bae/ 2 https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/defence-to-investigate-inflated-navy-contracts/news-story/eb3381b5df79b3fc66c7e1c4b3d34449 3 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/09/government-wrong-to-censor-report-to-protect-arms-makers-interests-tribunal-finds 4 From Thales website:
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