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Thales' battle winning capabilities to be on show at January's International Armoured Vehicles Conference

Updated: Jan 11

Thales is attending the show, at London’s Twickenham Stadium, as three-star partners of the event. Taking place between 22-25 January, IAVC 2024 will host 1000 delegates from over 40 nations as attendees from across military, government and industry.

Its focus on the full armoured vehicles ecosystem brings together major vehicle OEMs and the supporting supply chain, both working in tandem to drive the development, delivery and deployment of innovative, integrated capabilities that will make today’s armoured vehicles future-proof and battle-ready.

Thales will be showcasing two main capabilities at IAVC2024:

1. Hawkei: designed and developed in Bendigo, Australia, Thales is bringing its Hawkei vehicle to the UK at IAVC 2024. It’s a light, versatile and C41 integrated vehicle, offering first-of-its-kind protection, mobility and payload alongside advanced mission system integration, making it adaptable and scalable to operational requirements.

Described as a ‘force multiplier’ for the Australian Defence Force, the 1000th Hawkei was recently lifted off the production line in Thales’ vehicle manufacturing facility in Bendigo, Victoria.

2. Panoramic Above Armour Gimbal (PAAG): Thales’ cutting-edge vehicle optronics product, PAAG features state-of-the-art sensors, including: high-resolution daylight colour cameras, a cooled thermal imager, SWIR sensor, laser rangefinder, laser pointer and a laser target designator.

PAAG enables long-range threat detection, identification and weapon aiming on the move, as well as fire support capabilities – day and night and in all weather conditions. Thales sights can also come with DigitalCrew® smart processing – providing image enhancement, video and image combination and automated threat detection and tracking to significantly reduce cognitive burden.

Also at the show, Thales will be displaying its indirect fire support system and technology, its ruggedised inertial system for geo-positioning and target acquisition, and its mounted software defined radio. Thereby demonstrating a complete, battle winning capability to defeat threats, today and tomorrow.

As the world’s premier meeting ground for the armoured vehicles community, IAVC2024 is a perfect opportunity for attendees to investigate, demonstrate and discuss innovative capabilities like Hawkei and PAAG.

“Everyone working in this space should have IAVC 2024 marked in their diary,” Jonathan Welch, Capture Leader at Thales comments. “IAVC 2024 presents us with a great opportunity to remain close to the fast moving defence market, subsequently increasing the relevance of our value proposition to customers seeking to gain decision advantage on the battlefield.”


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