ISSUE #57 – Interview with Jean-Noel Stock, CEO, Thales in Singapore
Thales in Singapore partners key players in the aerospace, defence, security and transportation sectors.
From Singapore, Thales supports airlines in Asia Pacific and security and transportation projects in Southeast Asia and beyond
WHEN WAS THALES ESTABLISHED IN SINGAPORE AND WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DID YOU SEE IN HERE?
Thales has been established in Singapore for over 40 years when the first Representation Office for THOMSONCSF was opened in 1973. Today, it employs more than 600 people involved in aerospace, defence, security, and transportation. From Singapore, we support airlines in Asia Pacific as well as security and transportation projects in Southeast Asia and beyond.
Thales saw the potential to build up our industrial capability in avionics production and MRO here in Singapore in order to support the expansion of the Airbus fleet in the region.
Thales also contributed our knowhow and competencies to supporting Singapore in its nation-building efforts, developing and securing critical infrastructure. In both security and transportation, we have now attained a regional footprint and support projects beyond these shores. In addition, Singapore has been an ideal platform for localising our technologies and Thales
Research & Technology Singapore (TRTSG) was set up with Centres of Excellence (CoE) in radars, naval drones and most recently space.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE KEY PROJECTS YOU HAVE COMPLETED IN SINGAPORE?
In Singapore, Thales has deployed advanced systems in the fields of security and transportation, which are critical elements of Smart Cities of the future.
Thales has also been developing leading edge technologies with its research arms DSO National Laboratories and Future Systems & Technology Directorate. In addition, Thales is working in partnership with Singapore Technologies to develop naval drone systems. In 2013, Thales delivered the world’s most advanced Air Traffic Management (ATM) system, LORADS III, marking a generational shift in ATM technology and playing a critical role in enabling the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to manage significant future air traffic growth in a safer, more efficient and environmentally-friendly way. In security, Thales has been working with the Ministry of Home Affairs since 1995, having been awarded significant contracts by Police Coast Guards for the delivery of Command and Control Systems, which were then upgraded in 2005, and in 1997 by ST Electronics to provide fully integrated Command and Control Systems for both the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
In the field of Critical Infrastructure Protection, Thales also delivered airport apron surveillance systems to Changi Airport and security camera system to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for SMRT.
In transportation, Thales provided the LTA with revenue collection systems for the Downtown, North-East and Circle lines. Thales also provided the Operation Control Centre for the North-East Line.
Since 2012, Thales has been working on a major resignalling upgrade for the North-South and East-West Lines to improve the system performance and for the new Tuas West Extension.
Interview published in the FOCUS Magazine “SG50” – May 2015