Thales Acquires IMARCS
Thales has acquired a maritime command and control system which integrates Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), GPS and radar into a single picture of the operational environment called Integrated Maritime Coordination and Surveillance System (IMARCS).
It shows a close working relationship between Thales and Austal for the delivery of the Australian Customs Cape Class Patrol Boats Program, and subsequent synergies regarding the Royal Australian Navy’s Armidale Class Patrol Boat fleet and their replacements.
The new IMARCS is being designed and built by Austal and it is delivered as part of the Cape Class Patrol Boats Program for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Chris Lloyd, Vice President for Maritime & Aerospace activities at Thales in Australia said that Thales recognises the increasing demand for maritime situational awareness across all security and military operations.
Graham Backhouse, Austal President and General Manager stated that having successfully developed and integrated IMARCS into the early Cape Class vessels, Austal is delighted that Thales has acquired the system and will leverage its expertise to enhance this capability.