22 Oct 2018

Arturius to build Counter Threat Centre of Excellence with Thai Defence Technology Institute

The Defence Technology Institute (DTI), a Thai government organisation, has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the UK security and defence company, Arturius International and local representative, GCS Group Corporation Company.

Under the terms of the MOA, the Counter Threat Centre of Excellence will be founded, with Arturius to work closely with the DTI to analyse the threat landscape faced in Thailand, develop policy and doctrine, and to assess optimal training and technology needs.

The Centre of Excellence will integrate Counter Terror (CT), Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) and Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) to build a common understanding and effective resistance strategies across all branches of Thai defence and law enforcement.

The growing threats posed by attack and surveillance drones and unmanned aerial systems have driven C-UAS to the top of the Thai government’s priority list, so the Centre of Excellence’s first department is tasked with identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities in that area.

It will also deliver cutting edge training and equipment instruction to Thai security personnel and conduct research and development into emerging counter threat technologies through close cooperation with military partners and leading academic institutions.

Air Chief Marshal Preecha Pradabmook, Director-General of the DTI said: “The market value of UAS worldwide in 2020, cited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, will be as high as 4.4 trillion Baht, especially in the infrastructure sector. UAS can be the significant threat, the danger of which every country is aware. Without proper protection, UAS can impact on the security of Kingdom of Thailand, and can violate privacies of Thai people as a whole.

“DTI hopes that this cooperation with Arturius and GCS will lead to the advancement of various innovations and the awareness of the progress of science and technology in Thailand.”

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