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Introduction to working at Thales Group
Introduction to working at Thales Group
Published: 2010/11/05
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Thales Making the world Safer
Thales Making the world Safer
Published: 2015/06/03
Channel: Thales
2016 in Review - Thales
2016 in Review - Thales
Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: Thales
Talios - Multi function targeting pod
Talios - Multi function targeting pod
Published: 2015/06/03
Channel: Thales
Thales Transportation   EN  2016
Thales Transportation EN 2016
Published: 2016/11/25
Channel: Thales
Thales Group: Our Biggest Recruitment Challenge
Thales Group: Our Biggest Recruitment Challenge
Published: 2014/07/26
Channel: David Pattinson
Air Defence Teaser Thales Group
Air Defence Teaser Thales Group
Published: 2012/06/11
Channel: Thales
Thales GROUND Master 400
Thales GROUND Master 400
Published: 2013/06/21
Channel: Thales
Together We Are Thales
Together We Are Thales
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: Thales
Thales Group.
Thales Group. 'Helping you master every decisive moment'
Published: 2017/06/16
Channel: Nigel Barber
Thales Group Demonstrations of its Research Projects
Thales Group Demonstrations of its Research Projects
Published: 2016/06/01
Channel: Embedded Vision Alliance
Thales: the expert in Critical Information Systems and Cybersecurity
Thales: the expert in Critical Information Systems and Cybersecurity
Published: 2014/10/08
Channel: Thales
Thales Secure Communications and Information Systems
Thales Secure Communications and Information Systems
Published: 2015/03/26
Channel: Thales
Thales at Cholet, the Thales dedicated site for high-tech advanced communication systems
Thales at Cholet, the Thales dedicated site for high-tech advanced communication systems
Published: 2017/03/09
Channel: Thales
Thales InFlyt Entertainment - The AVANT Passenger Experience
Thales InFlyt Entertainment - The AVANT Passenger Experience
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: Thales
Carsten Mende von der Thales Group zum Thema Berufseinstieg und Karrierechancen
Carsten Mende von der Thales Group zum Thema Berufseinstieg und Karrierechancen
Published: 2012/11/19
Channel: audimax
Thales Sonar & Underwater Solutions at NAVDEX 2015 Naval Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Thales Sonar & Underwater Solutions at NAVDEX 2015 Naval Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Published: 2015/03/05
Channel: Thales
A400M Air Show: bigger but faster and further
A400M Air Show: bigger but faster and further
Published: 2015/06/17
Channel: Thales
Thales Alenia Space
Thales Alenia Space
Published: 2013/09/26
Channel: Thales
Thales: Biography of a Great Thinker
Thales: Biography of a Great Thinker
Published: 2013/09/02
Channel: Socratica
Thales TWTs for Space applications
Thales TWTs for Space applications
Published: 2014/10/10
Channel: Thales
Thalesgroup Transport worldwide references
Thalesgroup Transport worldwide references
Published: 2014/10/21
Channel: Thales
Battlegroup C4I: leading vehicle C4I system integration
Battlegroup C4I: leading vehicle C4I system integration
Published: 2015/03/30
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Thales, aux côtés des forces, écrit le futur des radiocommunications de défense
Thales, aux côtés des forces, écrit le futur des radiocommunications de défense
Published: 2015/04/16
Channel: Thales
TALIOS Plug N Play - Multi Functional Targeting Pod | Thales Group
TALIOS Plug N Play - Multi Functional Targeting Pod | Thales Group
Published: 2017/09/19
Channel: DefenseNewsX
Thales Group at Farnborough 2012
Thales Group at Farnborough 2012
Published: 2012/07/25
Channel: Thales
Innovation at Thales in Singapore
Innovation at Thales in Singapore
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: Thales
Thales Group
Thales Group
Published: 2014/09/28
Channel: Audiopedia
Thales UK | Air Group | PIRATE
Thales UK | Air Group | PIRATE
Published: 2012/08/24
Channel: Thales
Aboard the Airbus A380 by Thales Group
Aboard the Airbus A380 by Thales Group
Published: 2012/07/11
Channel: Thales
How to Pronounce Thales Group
How to Pronounce Thales Group
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: Emma Saying
Thales Group Presentation Intro
Thales Group Presentation Intro
Published: 2016/12/28
Channel: ON VIBE
Interview - Philippe Keryer, EVP, Strategy, Research and Technology at Thales
Interview - Philippe Keryer, EVP, Strategy, Research and Technology at Thales
Published: 2017/03/01
Channel: Thales
Thales UK | Air Group | Products | ElixIR
Thales UK | Air Group | Products | ElixIR
Published: 2012/08/24
Channel: Thales
Thales TopMax
Thales TopMax
Published: 2016/05/20
Channel: Thales Aerospace
Explore Thales
Explore Thales's Autonomous world with Marko Erman - The Worlds of Thales [Episode 5/6]
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: Thales
Thales Civil Helicopter Solutions
Thales Civil Helicopter Solutions
Published: 2015/02/18
Channel: Thales
Alcatel ThalesGroup publicité "Le Loft"
Alcatel ThalesGroup publicité "Le Loft"
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: SO BHARATI
SYNAPS, Thales next generation of Software-Defined Radio, accelerating collaborative combat
SYNAPS, Thales next generation of Software-Defined Radio, accelerating collaborative combat
Published: 2016/06/12
Channel: Thales
Thales Aviobook
Thales Aviobook
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: Thales Aerospace
CONTACT, Thales next generation of Software-Defined Radio, accelerating collaborative combat
CONTACT, Thales next generation of Software-Defined Radio, accelerating collaborative combat
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: Thales
Thales’ Aerospace Solutions in Singapore
Thales’ Aerospace Solutions in Singapore
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: Thales
Thales’ Next Generation Cockpit
Thales’ Next Generation Cockpit
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: AviationWeek
Thales at DSEI - Day 2
Thales at DSEI - Day 2
Published: 2017/09/14
Channel: Thales
Thales at DSEI - Day 1
Thales at DSEI - Day 1
Published: 2017/09/14
Channel: Thales
Thales - Performance specialists in CBTC
Thales - Performance specialists in CBTC
Published: 2013/04/26
Channel: Thales
Thales in Canada Corporate Video Full  2016
Thales in Canada Corporate Video Full 2016
Published: 2016/11/22
Channel: Thales
Thales’ solutions to protect Critical Infrastructures
Thales’ solutions to protect Critical Infrastructures
Published: 2016/06/13
Channel: Thales
Thales CEO on Brexit Impact, Global Markets & Innovation
Thales CEO on Brexit Impact, Global Markets & Innovation
Published: 2016/07/30
Channel: Defense & Aerospace Report
Thales Interview and Demonstration of TopSky ATM
Thales Interview and Demonstration of TopSky ATM
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: ATCNetworkTV
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Thales S.A.
Société Anonyme
Traded as EuronextHO
CAC Next 20 Component
Industry Aerospace, Defence, Transport, Security
Predecessor Thomson-CSF
Founded 6 December 2000; 16 years ago (2000-12-06)
Headquarters La Défense, France
Area served
worldwide
Key people
Patrice Caine (CEO)
Products Tactical radios, remote weapon systems, radar, infantry mobility vehicles, aerospace electronics
Revenue 14.9 billion (2016)[1]
Increase €1354 million (2016)[1]
Profit Increase €897 million (2016)[1]
Number of employees
64,000 (end 2016)[1]
Subsidiaries Thales Communications
Thales Air Defence
Thales Underwater Systems
Thales Services
Thales Nederland
Thales Australia
Thales Training & Simulation
Thales Alenia Space
Website www.thalesgroup.com

Thales Group (French: [talɛs]) is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets. Its headquarters are in La Défense[2] (the business district of Paris), and its stock is listed on the Euronext Paris.

The company changed its name to Thales (from the Greek philosopher Thales, pronounced [talɛs] reflecting its pronunciation in French) from Thomson-CSF in December 2000 shortly after the £1.3 billion acquisition of Racal Electronics plc, a UK defence electronics group. It is partially state-owned by the French government,[3] and has operations in more than 56 countries. It has 64,000 employees and generated 14.9 billion in revenues in 2016. The Group is ranked as the 475th largest company in the world by Fortune 500 Global.[4] It is also the 10th largest defence contractor in the world[5] and 55% of its total sales are military sales.[3]

The CEO of Thales Group is Patrice Caine since December 2014.[6]

History[edit]

The research centre of Thales in the business cluster of Paris-Saclay, France.

Thales' predecessor, Thomson-CSF, evolved from Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston (CFTH), which was established in 1893. However Thomson-CSF itself was established in 1968 when Thomson-Brandt (the renamed CFTH) merged its electronics arm with that of Compagnie Générale de Télégraphie Sans Fil (CSF).

Thales formed a joint venture with Raytheon in June 2001 to combine their radar and communications systems divisions. Named ThalesRaytheonSystems, the firm is 50% owned by both parent companies.

In 2002 Thales set up the joint venture company Armaris with the French shipbuilder DCN to offer a total "bottom up" shipbuilding capability.

In 2002, Thales Broadcast Multimedia, a former subsidiary of Thales, provided China with standard short-wave radio-broadcasting equipment designed for general public radio broadcasting. Although the contract was not at all for the purpose of jamming foreign radio stations broadcasting to China, it now appears that this is what the ALLISS antennas are being used for.

In 2003 Thales UK's design won the competition for the Royal Navy Future Carrier (CVF) and the company now participates in an alliance company with BAE Systems and the UK Ministry of Defence. This Thales design may form the basis of the Future French aircraft carrier which the company has agreed to build with DCN.

In 2006 Thales acquired Australian Defence Industries, a major manufacturer of military equipment such as smokeless gunpowder and the Bushmaster IMV.

Alcatel deal[edit]

In April 2006, Thales announced it would be acquiring Alcatel's space business (67% of Alcatel Alenia Space and 33% of Telespazio), and Alcatel's Rail Signalling Solutions division in a deal which also raised Alcatel's ownership of Thales to 21.66 percent. The French government would also decrease its ownership in Thales to 27.1 percent from 31.3 percent as part of the acquisition. The deal would also include the Systems Integration activities (those not dedicated to telecoms operators, and covering mainly the transport and energy sectors). In December 2008, Alcatel agreed to sell a 20.8% stake in French engineering group Thales SA to Dassault Aviation SA for €1.57 billion ($2.27 billion).

As of 31 December 2014, Thales Group was owned 26.4% by the Government of France, 25.3% by Dassault Aviation, and 48.3% float, including employee ownership of 2%.[7]

Operations[edit]

Thales Group has made many electronic devices and equipment used by the French Armed Forces from its past as Thomson-CSF, including the SPECTRA helmet for the army and the gendarmerie. It has worked with Dassault Aviation on the Rafale and made its SPECTRA defensive aids. Thales often worked with DCNS and designed the electronics used on French ships, and it is involved in the construction of both the Horizon and FREMM programs. Thales, as Thomson-CSF, was involved in the Taiwan frigates scandal, relating to the sale of La Fayette class frigates to Taiwan. It is also present in Eurosam as Thomson-CSF was a founder of the consortium along Aérospatiale and Alenia Aeronautica. In February 2004, Thales was awarded a contract for a new command and control system for the French Navy, the SIC 21, that will be fitted on the Charles de Gaulle, many vessels and shore locations. Additionally, the Future French aircraft carrier involved Thales as the main designer of the ship. Thales is also working on X-ray imaging, finances, energy and operating commercial satellites.

By 2012 the company is mainly composed of five branches: Defense, Security, Space, Aerospace and Ground transportation.

Among the EU supported projects Thales participates in are:

Defence[edit]

The company's design won the competition for the Royal Navy Future Carrier (CVF). It is part of the AirTanker consortium, the winning bid for the RAF's Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft. Thales UK won the contract for the British Army UAV programme, Watchkeeper. It also produces the SWARM remote weapon station. Thales simulators include full motion devices as well as flat panel and other training facilities.

Thales Air Defence produces a range of short-range missile systems such as the Starstreak surface-to-air missile.

Aerospace[edit]

The Thales ATM (Air Traffic Management) solution is marketed under the name "TopSky", previously named "EuroCat". Thales supplies avionics to civil aircraft manufacturers, including Fly-By-Wire systems, cockpit systems, navigation computers, satellite communication, inflight entertainment and electrical systems.

Ground transportation[edit]

Thales has major involvement in the UK rail industry as a result of the Racal merger and the 2006 acquisition of Alcatel's Rail Signalling Solutions division and transport business.[10] Thales to modernize 40 per cent of London Tube network London Underground.[11]

In Denmark Thales now owns 100% the "East-west Consortium" contracted for a country-wide travel card (Danish: "Rejsekort").[2].

Other activities[edit]

Thales is also a major manufacturer of in-flight entertainment systems on board airliners. Thales' primary competitors in this area of business include Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Rockwell Collins, and LiveTV (originally owned by JetBlue, now owned by Thales).

Thales Navigation, a division that produced GPS units, was sold to private equity group Shah Capital Partners and renamed Magellan.

Thales international[edit]

Thales' international subsidiaries generated 52% of the company's revenue in 2008, with Thales UK being the largest of these accounting for 13% of group revenue.[12] Its large presence in the UK (largely as a result of the Racal acquisition) has resulted in several high-profile contracts.

Thales has offices in:[13]

Products[edit]

Financial information[edit]

Thales' major shareholders are the French state (27.0%) and Dassault Aviation (25.9%).[20]

Corruption allegations[edit]

Centralized slush fund[edit]

Michel Josserand, former head of THEC, a subsidiary of Thales, and Dominique Monleau, alleged that Thales has a centralized slush fund that it uses to bribe officials.[21]

ANC[edit]

Schabir Shaik, the financial advisor to the president of the African National Congress party Jacob Zuma, was found guilty of organising a bribe on behalf of Thomson-CSF.[22]

World Bank[edit]

In 2004 the World Bank’s Integrity Unit blacklisted Thales from any of the World Bank’s projects for one year because of its fraudulent practices in a US$6.9 million contract for the supply and maintenance of motorcycles in Cambodia.[23]

Taiwanese naval order[edit]

Around 1991-1993, French state owned Elf Aquitaine was involved (with other companies & countries) in selling frigates to Taiwan. On June 10, 2011 Thales Group and the French Government were ordered to pay 630 million euros (almost a billion US dollars) in fines after the courts heard that bribes had been paid to the Taiwanese government to win this large naval contract. Part (about 27%) of the responsibility was transferred to Thales Group because it held the legacy from Thomson-CSF. To this day, this is the largest corruption case in French history.[24]

Components[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Annual Results 2016". Thales. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  2. ^ https://www.thalesgroup.com/sites/default/files/asset/document/cp_150105_le_siege_social_du_groupe_thales_sinstalle_a_la_defense.pdf
  3. ^ a b "About us". Thales Group. 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Global 500, CNN
  5. ^ The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies in the world excluding China, 2011, Sipri.org, 2011
  6. ^ "Chief Executive Officer"
  7. ^ "The Thales group Corporate presentation" (PDF). Thales. March 2017. p. 2. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  8. ^ (fr) Thales sélectionné pour sécuriser Galileo, Spyworld Actu, August 25, 2005
  9. ^ SESAR must be applicable globally, sesarju.eu, March 2, 2011
  10. ^ http://www.meghas.com/News_and_events/2009-04-28_UK_FOC_Inside_Transport/?pid=1566
  11. ^ https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/canada/press-release/thales-modernize-40-cent-london-tube-network
  12. ^ "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Thales. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  13. ^ International presence, Thalesgroup.com
  14. ^ Thales win multi-million pound missile deal, 4NI.co.uk, May 8, 2003
  15. ^ "Egypt | Thales Group". www.thalesgroup.com. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ Thales Canada, Aerospace Division is Changing Locations, Market Wire, November 23, 2007
  18. ^ Adam Sandle, Cesar Kuberek and Thales Lead the Way in Latin America, Ground Report, July 2, 2013
  19. ^ "Thales launches Search Master family of AESA radars". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  20. ^ "Shareholding structure". Thales Group. at 31 December 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2017.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  21. ^ "Section socialiste de l'île de Ré » Thales à la barre du tribunal". Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "BBC NEWS - Business - Thales firms in Zuma indictment". Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  23. ^ http://go.worldbank.org/3P4YGLWC10 Cambodia: World Bank Sanctions Thales Engineering and Consulting S.A. and Others in Demobilization Project
  24. ^ "Thales and French Government to Share in Fine for Taiwanese Bribes". 10 June 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 

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