Thales in Australia is part of a leading international electronics and systems group serving the defence, aerospace and space, security, and transport markets in Australia and throughout the world.
We trace our origins in Australia back to the 1890s and are a premier provider of systems, products and services in both commercial and defence areas.
Our expertise ranges across protected mobility vehicles and integrated communications solutions for defence through to security solutions and systems integration for the commercial sector.
Thales is also one of Australia's leaders in research and development with strong affiliations with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and leading tertiary institutions.
At a glance
Leading the way in aerospace, defence, transport and security
Thales is one of the Australian Defence Force's most trusted partners, but is more than just a defence company. With a rapidly growing civil business, ranging from world-class air traffic management systems to advanced civil security technologies, Thales is at the cutting-edge of innovation.
The company's wide-ranging capabilities across the aerospace, defence, transport and security sectors are recognised by customers who not only require superior equipment, but the systems integration, prime contracting and through life support expertise that boost their competitive edge.
Thales has access to local skills and resources, and a global reach to a parent company with vast international capabilities. At every step of the value chain, Thales plays a pivotal role in making the world a safer place.
Facts and Figures
- Thales has 3,200 employees spread over 35 sites across the country
- The company recorded revenues of around A$1 billion in 2012
- Over the past decade, exports have totalled over A$1.6 billion
- The company's history in Australia dates back over 100 years
- Thales took over ADI (Australian Defence Industries) in 2006
- Thales manufactures the Austeyr - the Australian Army's main rifle
- Thales's world-leading EUROCAT air traffic management system was developed in Melbourne, and is used in numerous countries around the world
- The company provides security systems to the headquarters of one of Australia's largest retailers
- The company's Bushmaster infantry mobility vehicle is used by Australian troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been sold to the UK and Netherlands armed forces
- Thales's advanced sonar system is used on Collins class submarines and Huon class Minehunter Coastal ships