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Thales in Malaysia


Thales has been present in Malaysia since 1981. Over the last four decades, we have played an instrumental part in supporting Malaysia’s defence ecosystem, as well as contributing high-technology solutions for the aerospace, security and digital identity sectors. 

Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur with employees also situated in Kuantan, Lumut and Kota Kinabalu, Thales continues serving the modernisation and digitalisation needs of our Malaysian customers. 

The Group has proudly modernised Kota Kinabalu’s air traffic control system, providing radars, ground stations and radio technology. Air Asia leverages Thales’ state-of-the-art avionics systems for select fleets, while Malaysian Airlines utilises our in-flight entertainment system in its Airbus A380 aircraft. 

In recent years, Thales was awarded the ‘Most Outstanding Industrial Collaboration Programme’ by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence, thanks to our strong partnerships with the local defence ecosystem.

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Local cooperation

Thales has forged deep ties with strong local industrial partners including DEFTECH, WestStar, Boustead and Airod, each bringing their respective strengths in the defence sector.
In addition to industrial cooperation, Thales has also signed Memorandums-of-Understanding with Malaysian universities including the National Defence University of Malaysia (Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia – UPNM), and collaboration agreements with agencies like the Technology Depository Agemcy (TDA), to formalise local programmes that aim to build Malaysian expertise in varying sectors. 

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Expanding to Modernise the Malaysian Armed Forces

Thales is actively involved in the three most important programmes for the Malaysian Armed Forces, supporting their modernisation and digitalisation needs. 

The Royal Malaysia Navy leverages Thales’ state-of-the-art sensors and mission systems, including surveillance radar and towed sonar systems. Supporting the Royal Malaysian Army’s major digitalisation programme, the Group provides secured digital communications solutions alongside a wide range of equipment like vehicle-electronics, sensors, and more for the AV8 vehicle programme. The Royal Malaysian Air Force adopts Thales’ air surveillance and intelligence solutions, such as our integrated air defence system ForceSHIELD, radar and weapon coordination, and mobile systems. 

Thales is investing in its local industrial footprint in Malaysia, operating Naval Service & Support Centres based in Lumut and Kota Kinabalu, and a systems integration laboratory in Kuantan to support systems currently in service with the Malaysian Armed Forces.

Accelerating Malaysia’s digital transformation with cybersecurity

Thales in Malaysia places paramount importance on ensuring public safety, and cyber and information system security, with local cyber security experts helping to reinforce cyber protection of critical national assets. 
To address the academic institutions’ challenge with production of counterfeit degree certificates, Thales pioneered the first e-Scroll with the University of Malaya that leverages Thales’ NShield hardware security modules. In addition, Thales has also inked several Memorandums-of-Understanding (MoU) with Cyber Security Malaysia (CSM) to collaborate in enhancing the quality of critical infrastructure systems and deliver greater ICT benefits to internet users in Malaysia. 

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Enabling safer skies in Malaysia

Thales was selected by Malaysia Airlines to supply TopFlight satellite communications for its fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft which provides connectivity between the aircraft cockpit and ground, thereby enabling safety services. 

Thales is also a long-term partner of the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia, and is providing air traffic management solutions to Kota Kinabalu’s Flight Information Region, including air traffic control systems, radars, ground station, surveillance systems and distance measurement equipment

Air Asia operates Thales’ avionics system for its fleet of A320neo aircraft, including long-term maintenance and service support.

Accelerating digital transformation in Malaysia

Thales is leading the charge in digital transformation in Malaysia. We are the leading supplier of banking and payment solutions, including cards and services, to Malaysian banks and institutions. Leveraging our digital expertise, we also provide them with cloud protection systems and hardware security modules to secure the entire transaction value chain. Thales operates a card personalisation centre in Kuala Lumpur, enabling banks and financial institutions to personalise all means of payments via its personalisation bureaus that are staffed with a strong Malaysian team.

Thales also supplies the critical data page in the Malaysian e-passport, that boasts a variety of built-in security elements that protect the document against duplication and reproduction, thereby meeting the highest demands for security that meet ICAO standards.

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Contact us in Malaysia

Wisma Genting, 15th Floor, Jalan Sultan Ismail 
Wilayah Persekutuan
50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone:  +603 2178 3800