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20 April 2016

DSA 2016: Thales Confident Of Malaysia's Future

Thales, is confident of Malaysia's future and positive that there are plenty of opportunities to further grow its business in the country, according to Thales Malaysia, Country Director, Nicolas de Fougeroux, who told MT that beside offering a reliable workforce, the group also found Malaysia to be a stable country with a competitive market.

"As an industrial group, we are confident of the future of this country," he explained. "For Thales group, Malaysia is among top priority country, in terms of investment and growth of the company in the future. Malaysia also emphasises on innovation. All these conditions make the headquarter decide that this country is worth to invest in."

de Fougeroux said the fact that Thales was very confident of the local capabilities had shifted the company's strategy here towards setting up a local industrial footprint starting this year. Present in Malaysia since 1980, Thales employs over 250 people, including personnel from its joint venture with the Sapura Group in the field of communication systems. In 2011, Thales was awarded a major contract for the integration of an advanced electronic architecture system for the 257 new 8x8 armoured-wheeled vehicles of the Malaysian army (the AV-8 programme). A part of this programme involves knowledge transfer to DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies' (DEFTECH) engineers.

A lrage pillar that Thales likes to develop further is cyber security, and de Fougeroux sees it working via a new joint venture.

At DSA 2016, Thales announced the contract signing to deliver the FULMAR UAS to the Malaysian Maritime Agency.