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Thales in Finland


Thales has been  a key partner of the Finnish authorities and governmental institutions since the 1880s in civil and defence domains. Since then, Thales has increased its footprint through the provision of Military Air Surveillance Radars, where the first contract was signed in 1988 and the second in 2009.

Thales is also a partner for Air Traffic Management providing Air Control Systems to the civil aviation sector. In the Digital & Identity Services area it dates back to 1885, when the Bank of Finland Banknote Printing Works was founded. Since 1987, Thales has been the passport supplier to the Finnish Authorities and in 1998 the National eID card was introduced by Thales, which was the first electronic ID card in the world.

years of presence in the country

Local cooperation

Whenever a critical decision needs to be made, Thales has a role to play. Our solutions help customers to make the right decisions at the right time and act accordingly in challenging environments. Our core competencies are in Civil and Military Sectors, support on industrial participation, system engineering, life cycle services & support in several domains, extension of product life time and also cybersecurity solutions.

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Thales in Finland has a longstanding and strong position in the Finnish armed forces. We offer a wide range of solutions for air, land, naval and joint forces in areas such as command & control systems, surveillance, detection and intelligence systems.

Thales has equipped the Finnish Army Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) units with the highly mobile Crotale air defence missile systems. Thales also provides maintenance support through a local company, i.e. Millog.

In 2009, the Air Force signed a contract for upgrading the radars and selected the GM400 Air Defence radars in a joint procurement with Estonia.


Since the first Thales Air Traffic Management centre was built the late 90s, Thales has been the service provider to the Finnish air navigation service, FINAVIA. After several updates, the current Air Traffic Management centre at TOPSKY ATC now covers the entire country including military and smaller civil airports.

Thales is providing the FINEST system to Finland and Estonia, aiming at ensuring a world-class safe and cost-effective Thales Air Traffic Management system, adopting a common managerial approach and acting as one team together with Thales.

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Digital Identity & Security

Thales is the trusted partner to the Finnish Authorities and provides passport, ID cards, driving licenses and other official documents. Since 2017, more than 750,000 passports have been issued per year for Finland, and in 2019 we produced more than 10 mio. biometric passports for more than 30 countries in the world. 

In Finland, Thales also provides a wide range of market leading IoT solutions perfectly adapted for the Finnish market context such as Smart Metering solutions for utilities and grid managers within the energy market. For the Finnish Healthcare system, Thales provides state of the art solution in security and connectivity


In Finland, Thales is one of the main signalling suppliers delivering and integrating the complete signalling technology starting from field elements (such as axle counters, signal units and point machines), train routing and train control system up to the centralised Traffic Control system in the South Eastern region of the country. The Ring Rail Line between Vantaankoski and Tikkurila is an 18km double track line equipped by Thales technology and has since 2015 connected Helsinki Airport to the existing track network.

Thales is supporting Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency and Fintraffic in European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) strategy planning for Finnish railways. ERTMS technology provides a competitive edge to railways by increasing the capacity of rail infrastructures and a greater ability to respond to growing transport demands.

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Contact us in Finland

Thales in Finland (Digital Identity & Security)
Myllynkivenkuja 4
FI-01620 Vantaa
Phone: (+358) 9 89411