Local high tech industry leading the way


Jo has paid a visit to Thales’ Glasgow site to see the manufacture of cutting-edge optical equipment used by troops in Afghanistan.

Thales Graduate Jennifer Forrest with Jo Swinson MP and the SSARF surveillance camera

During her visit, Jo saw the manufacture of high resolution reconnaissance cameras, designed to be fitted to fast jet plans. Jo also received a demonstration from one of the company’s new graduate recruits of Thales’ latest thermal imaging camera, which is currently being used by British troops in Afghanistan.

Sixty four of the Thales Glasgow staff live in East Dunbartonshire, more than in any other local area.

Commenting, Jo said:

“It’s great news for the local economy that a world leading technology company like Thales has chosen to base a significant part of their operations here in Glasgow.

Jo Swinson MP with Andy Johnston, Thales TU Liason, Paul Watson, Operations Director for Thales Land Defence UK and Alan Rae, Communications Manager for Thales in Glasgow“They are providing hundreds of skilled jobs and great opportunities for graduates locally, as well as cutting edge equipment for our troops on the front lines.

“It was fascinating to see how this high tech equipment is made and I really enjoyed meeting some of the latest recruits.”


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