Thales in India
Thales has been active in India for over fifty years. In the 1950s, CSF undertook a project for technology transfer for radio equipment on a turnkey basis to build a factory in India. The Group now enjoys a strong cooperative relationship with the Indian Armed Forces and provides equipment, systems and support for numerous platforms in service to the country's land, air, and naval forces.
Thales works closely with the Indian Air Force and Army, supplying radars, avionics, optronics, communications, electronics warfare and simulation technologies to both entities. Thales has also furnished ship-borne and heli-borne sonar equipment, ship-borne surveillance radar, and ESM equipment to the Indian Navy. Thales is fully capable of system integration and prime contractorship for large projects in India.
Thales' activities in civil aviation and air navigation are strong. The Group is an equipment supplier for the Airbus airliners in service with Air India and Indian Airlines and provides in-flight entertainment systems. Thales' electronic fare collection systems have also been selected for the Delhi and Calcutta metros.
Due to Indian regulations, foreign companies were not allowed to establish 100 percent Indian subsidiaries until 1992. Thales thus expanded, as part of its multi-domestic strategy, its local presence in India with the formation of a new company in New Delhi in 2003. This company, Thales International India Pvt. Ltd., offers a range of IT and support services for local civil and military programs. The office opened in Le Meridian Commercial Towers with two employees.
2006 was an enormous year of growth for Thales India with four major developments. Thales India headquarters shifted to new premises in the Statesman House in Central Delhi. During the same period, the Mumbai office opened in order to execute contracts and develop new opportunities.
Additionally, Rolta Thales Ltd. (RTL) was created as a joint venture between Rolta and Thales. RTL benefits rom Thales' technology transfer to develop state-of-the-art Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (C4ISTAR) equipment systems to address opportunities in the Defence, Security and Aerospace segments worldwide. Alongside RTL, Thales founded Thales Software India Pvt. Ltd in Chennai to support sustainable software production dedicated exclusively to Thales with full capacity to address the life cycle of a software project with the aim of fulfilling the needs of the air traffic control software market.
In 2007, Thales commissioned an office in Kochi to build direct access its clients in the Indian Navy and support their field demands as quickly and efficiently as possile. The office's role is to develop the level of new and recurring business with the Indian Navy.