French Group Thales in Partnership With EXPAL for Australia Military | Technology News

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PARIS (Reuters) -French defence and technology group Thales announced on Monday a partnership with EXPAL Systems to provide material for the Australian military, as France and Australia aim to improve diplomatic relations after a dispute last year.

Thales Australia said its partnership with EXPAL would focus on naval munitions for the Australian Defence Force, as well as working on future technology for the Royal Australian Navy. Thales did not reveal any financial details of the deal.

Relations between France and Australia hit a low last October when Australia cancelled a multi-billion-dollar order for submarines with French military shipyard Naval Group – which is a unit of Thales – and opted instead for an alternative deal with the United States and Britain.

Last month, Australia’s new Labor-led government reached a 555 million euro ($578.6 million) settlement for Naval Group, after the cancellation of the submarine order.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Kim Coghill, Robert Birsel)

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