Thales Australia has started construction on an air traffic management research and development center in Melbourne, Australia. Thales said the facility, called the Centre for Advanced Studies in ATM (CASIA), will be at the center of the company’s work on new ATM offerings for Australia and export markets around the world.
“CASIA is the result of long term investment in our ATM business, which has grown from just a few employees 15 years ago to a global centre of excellence employing 400 people in highly skilled jobs," said Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia CEO. “Thales Australia is ideally placed to offer local, regional and global customers the most innovative ATM solutions in the world today, building on our success with the Eurocat system and enabling effective airspace management in an era of increasing air traffic and technological complexity."
CASIA will be located within Thales Australia’s existing premises at Melbourne’s World Trade Centre, and will begin operations early next year.