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Thales in Chile


Thales has been present in Chile for 55 years. Its office in Santiago serves as the headquarters of the Thales Southern Cone region, which includes Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, as well as an In Flight Entertainment maintenance centre located at Arturo Merino Benitez airport. 

Thales boasts expertise in several business markets, such as Aerospace, Space, Defence, and Digital Identity and Security and has a long-term partnership with the Chilean Armed Forces – Army, Air Force and Navy.  The Group also has a strong relationship with the government, banks and telecommunications and technology companies to provide state-of-the-art technology solutions. 

years of presence in Chile
100% sustainable radar station 
parabolic antennas for ALMA project
supplier of HSMs
SIM Card provider

Sustainability commitments

In January 2022, Thales in Chile signed the Declaration of Punta Arenas, which aims to improve the lives of the inhabitants of the region, the country, and the world through research and innovation. This declaration reinforces our commitment to research, development, and innovation and the dissemination of knowledge, equity, and the raising environmental awareness concerning, the three fundamental pillars of this declaration. 



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Thales is also a historical partner of the of DGAC (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) in Chile, supplying and replacing primary and secondary radars, as well as installing navigation aid equipment and modernizing the Santiago Air Traffic Control. In addition, Thales is constructing, on behalf of the Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) the world's first 100% sustainable radar station, powered by 330 solar panels and other green energies, located in Calama, in northern Chile.  In commercial aviation, Thales provides various avionics equipment, in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems and associated maintenance and support solutions to LATAM Airlines. 

Defence & Security 

Governments and companies rely on Thales to build a future we all can trust and our technologies are helping the Chilean authorities to prepare, achieve and maintain tactical superiority and strategic independence over any form of threat.

Thales is a historical and strategic partner of the three Armed Forces of Chile:  Army, Navy, and Air Force. Thales provides unique solutions for the needs of air defence, submarine sonar, and other communication systems. In Optronics, the Chilean Army and Armed Forces use the Sophie and Celt families systems. Thales and Astilleros y Maestranzas de la Armada (ASMAR) jointly participated in major submarine modernization projects for Chile and Ecuador. 

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Thales participated in the Atacama Large Millimetre/sub-millimetre Array (ALMA) project, delivering 25 parabolic antennas for the largest radio telescope ever built.

Digital Identity and Security

In the area of banking, Thales is a leader in providing contact and contactless EMV banking cards to the market since their adoption. We also provide the EMV issuance solution for the main personalization bureau of Chilean banks and have the largest EMV instant issuance systems in Chile with more than 3,000 issuance points. Falabella and Santander – retailer and private banking institutions – have instant issuance projects. In the field of telecommunications, Thales has been present in the country providing platforms and services for more than 10 years to the 5 main mobile operators in Chile, and is  the #1 SIM card provider in the country working with the most important telecom operators and supporting  the most important eSIM projects in the region. 

Thales is also the leading supplier of Payment HSMs (Hardware Secure Modules) in the country and the only company that delivers both data protection and IAM (Identity Access Management) solutions in the market. In M2M (machine to machine), we are collaborating with several operators in different sectors on various topics, such as smart metering and smart cities. Both initiatives include terminals and services.  

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Thales is present in all the lines of Santiago's metro with Communications-Based-Train Control (CBTC), Command Control Operations (OCC) and signaling solutions and maintenance services.

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Events for Chile

Thales regularly participates in local events in Chile or abroad to showcase our expertise and meet local actors in our main markets. Whether you are interested in defence, digital identity and security, aerospace or other market specific solutions, there should be a date and a place to meet us. 

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Careers at Thales in Chile

Want to take part in our research and development activities or actually support the delivery of our on-going projects? Take a look at our job opportunities.

Contact us in Chile

Headquarters South Cone 
Av. Andrés Bello 2457 - Piso 17 - Of 1701 – Providencia – Santiago de Chile 
Phone: +56 2 2 679 87 00