Thales UK Autonomy Launch
23 Oct 2018
Thales UK has opened a new Maritime Autonomous Systems Trials and Evaluation Centre in Plymouth which aims to change the way autonomous capability is developed over the next decade.
Continuing the long history Turnchapel Wharf has with the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and industry, the centre will provide access to trials areas for the development of cutting-edge maritime autonomous systems.
Victor Chavez, CEO of Thales UK said:
“The unique waterfront location at Turnchapel Wharf will provide access to shallow and deep-water trials areas for the development of cutting-edge maritime solutions. Our ambition is to help anchor a vibrant ecosystem in Plymouth for the development of advanced autonomous systems and we are already working with a range of academic and industry partners to make this a reality.”
Plymouth City Council had a strong involvement at the event with both Oceansgate and the Marine Business Technology Centre exhibiting and talking to businesses why Plymouth was the first choice for Thales.
Thales has invested £1 million in the facility, with a minimum five-year commitment to developing autonomous systems at the site in Plymouth, with 20 new high-skilled jobs created through its opening.
Local SMEs, partners and suppliers will take part in initiatives at the facility, while local schools will run STEM activities onsite.