Thales Defense & Security, formerly Thales Communications, is a global company serving the defense, federal, and commercial markets with innovative solutions for the ground tactical, airborne and avionics, naval/maritime, public safety, and security domains. In addition to mission-critical communication systems, the company provides air traffic management navigation, surveillance, and simulation; helmet-mounted displays and motion tracking technologies; SATCOM terminals; advanced sonar systems; and data protection solutions. Furthermore, Thales Defense & Security serves as a gateway for technology, leveraging Thales-wide solutions – such as combat management systems; naval, airborne, and ground ISR; and electronic warfare – to address U.S. requirements. The company’s offerings support Thales’s Secure Communications and Information Systems, Defense Mission Systems, Avionics, and Land and Air Systems global business units. Visit www.thalesdsi.com.
Thales is a first-tier partner to EADS North America to provide the U.S. Army’s new Light Utility Helicopter. Thales is supplying the UH-72A with its market-leading Meghas® avionics suite which is uniquely adapted to the requirements of today's helicopter missions. By design, Meghas® reduces crew workload and provides increased situational awareness, allowing Army and Army National Guard pilots to appreciate the clean, easy-to-fly avionics for military missions derived from the civilian world.
Thales is also responsible for developing the TopOwl® helmet mounted display, already deployed with the U.S. Marine Corps and under consideration by industry partners and government as an element of a technology solution to the helicopter and fixed wing aircraft “brownout” challenge.
In the area of tactical communications, Thales is a leader in the development of battle-proven, software-defined, tactical radio equipment and solutions. Located in Clarksburg, Maryland, this Thales business has developed the core software-defined radio technology for portable radios and built upon that technology with a complete communication system for the warfighter. Thales currently provides software defined radios for all branches of the U.S. military.
ThalesRaytheonSystems, the defense industry’s first transatlantic joint venture, was formed between Thales and Raytheon in 2001. The business provides battlefield radar solutions for the U.S. Army as well as the Battle Control System (BCS), the primary air defense/battle management system for North American Air Defense (NORAD) and the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM). ThalesRaytheonSystems delivers state-of- the-art air defense radars, battlefield radars, fixed and deployable air C4I and joint & land C4I to the world’s defense forces. For more information on ThalesRaytheonSystems, visit www.thalesraytheon.com.
The naval domain, including U.S. Navy and Coast Guard programs, continues to be a top priority for Thales in the U.S. Thales’s expertise in naval prime contract management, systems integration, command information systems, above-water sensors, sonar, electronic warfare, communications and support services are reflected in a customer base that encompasses over 50 navies and more than 400 warships.
Thales is part of the General Dynamics team pursuing the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program, partnering with Northrop Grumman to provide the combat management system for the General Dynamics platform. The fate of the LCS program in coming years will be of great importance to Thales.
DRS Sonar Systems, a DRS/Thales joint venture, acquired Advanced Acoustic Concepts in 2011. Advanced Acoustic Concepts is a technical leader in the fields of sonar systems, sonar signal processing, acoustic training systems and open architecture system and software integrationfor ships, submarines and aircraft and deliver these unparalleled sonar solutions to the U.S. market. Advanced Acoustic Concepts is also active in research and development of new underwater systems tailored to U.S. Navy requirements by integrating subsystems from other contractors and Thales's extensive product base.