Thales partners with LIG Nex1 to upgrade identification Friend or Foe equipment

Thales and South Korean partner LIG Nex 1 were selected after a request for proposals to support the country's air defence capabilities. The key success factor was Thales's capacity to work with South Korean industry, and in particular with smaller partner companies that will produce the equipment locally.

Thales has been selected by DAPA, South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration agency, to supply TSA 1412 IFF (identification Friend or Foe) and TSA 2522 equipment that enables military and civilian air traffic control interrogation systems to identify aircraft, vehicles or forces as friendly. For this contract, Thales has teamed with a South Korean partner and will transfer production to local SMEs. This is the third major order for the TSA 1412, which has also been sold to the United States and Japan as well as several European countries including the United Kingdom and Sweden. Thales is a world leader in the IFF market and offers a complete range of systems designed to meet the full spectrum of current and future IFF requirements for the armed forces. More than 20,000 Thales IFF systems are in service on more than 100 types of air, land and naval platforms in 70 countries.
Thales's IFF solutions have also been selected by South Korea for Land, Air and Naval forces.

"This latest contract award is a strong endorsement of our partnership with LIG Nex1 and the benefits of technical and commercial cooperation with local industry, and in particular with the South Korean SMEs that will produce our systems, which will support the South Korean defence industry's moves to scale up production of high-end products.” explained Sandy Gillio, Thales Country Director in South Korea.

More about Thales : Thales is a global technology leader shaping the world of tomorrow today. The Group provides solutions, services and products to customers in the aeronautics, space, transport, digital identity and security, and defence markets. With 80,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of €19 billion in 2018 (on a pro forma basis including Gemalto). Thales is investing in particular in digital innovations — connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — technologies that support businesses, organisations and governments in their decisive moments.
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