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Grupo Oesia and Thales sign a collaboration agreement

•    The alliance will foster synergies between the two companies in defence, security, aerospace, naval, digital transformation and cybersecurity.
•    The collaboration envisages the development and commercialisation of systems using complementary products from both companies.

Madrid, 17 May 2023. - Grupo Oesia, a multinational company dedicated to technological and digital engineering, and the high tech multinational Thales, specialised in the aerospace, defence, digital security and cybersecurity markets, have signed a collaboration agreement that will allow both companies to strengthen their leading position in the defence industry as well as to promote and increase national sovereignty, at the service of European strategic autonomy.

The signing took place within the framework of FEINDEF, the most important defence and security fair in Spain, and was attended by Luis Furnells, executive chairman of Grupo Oesia, and Jesús Sánchez Bargos, President and CEO of Thales Spain.

The agreement is carried out with the aim of integrating part of the portfolio of products and services of Grupo Oesia and Thales, and thus improve the solutions offered to the customers of both companies in the sectors and technologies of defence, security, aerospace, naval, digital transformation and cybersecurity.

Some of the collaborations already being considered include coordination in the development and commercialisation of avionics systems, secure communications, mission systems, simulation, air defence missile systems, optronics, SATCOM and electronic warfare. The agreement also opens the way for cooperation between the two companies in the joint development of defence equipment and systems, the maintenance of military systems, as well as collaboration in digital transformation and cybersecurity initiatives.

"We are very pleased to sign this collaboration agreement with a reference company such as Thales. With this collaboration agreement we complete and improve our portfolio of products and services, and we will be able to offer our customers even more cutting-edge and competitive solutions".

Luis Furnells, Executive President of Grupo Oesia.

"This collaboration agreement is excellent news for the Spanish and European defence industry. The cooperation between the two companies will allow us to expand our capabilities and offer highly technological and innovative products and services to compete in an increasingly complex environment, meeting our customers' expectations".

Jesús Sánchez Bargos, President and CEO of Thales in Spain

About Grupo Oesia

Grupo Oesia is a Spanish multinational company dedicated to technological and digital engineering,  which  develops  and  implements  projects  in  40  countries.  It  has  around  3,400 professionals in 19 corporate headquarters in Europe, Latin America and the United Arab Emirates.

Throughout its 46-year history, it has innovated products and services that benefit more than 2 billion people around the world, with the commitment to create a future in which technological innovation responds to the challenges of the planet and its inhabitants, improving people's lives, optimising the use of resources for present and future generations and contributing to the national sovereignty of our country with our own technology in strategic capacities necessary for it.

Grupo Oesia has the technology company Tecnobit-Grupo Oesia for the design, development, manufacture and maintenance of cutting-edge products and technological solutions in intelligent vision, simulation and tactical and secure communications. Its Valdepeñas Centre is an innovation pole that contributes to national sovereignty in key capabilities and to European strategic autonomy.

It also creates Cipherbit-Grupo Oesia, the first Spanish brand specially dedicated to cybersecurity and the development of secure communications products (encryption) certified by the CCN and NATO. This division of Grupo Oesia is focused on the national and international environment of Armed Forces, Public Administrations and critical infrastructures; thus reinforcing Europe's strategic autonomy in cyber defence.

The group also includes the company specialising in guidance, navigation and control systems for unmanned aerial vehicles UAV Navigation-Grupo Oesia. Its systems are characterised by their robustness and reliability and are used in a wide range of UAVs/UAS/RPAS from Tier1 aerospace manufacturers.

In 2022, Grupo Oesia incorporates to its portfolio of technological innovation centres the company INSTER-Grupo Oesia, specialised in the development of technology for terrestrial, naval, air and space  satellite  communications;  mobility  applications  in  the  military  environment  and  high- capacity wireless access for telecommunications operators.

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a world leader in advanced technologies in three areas: Defence & Security, Aeronautics & Space, and Digital Identity & Security. It develops products and solutions that contribute to a safer, greener and more inclusive world.

The Group invests close to EUR 4 billion a year in Research and Development, especially in key areas such as quantum technologies, edge computing, 6G and cybersecurity.

Thales employs 77,000 people in 68 countries. In 2022, the Group generated sales of more than
€17.6 billion.