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Thales in Italy


Thales's presence in Italy is rooted in a long history of industrial footprint that dates back to the 1950s. Over the years, the Group has continued to develop its industrial and technological base throughout the country and expand to new market sectors. Today, Thales boasts a solid portfolio of solutions in country and is present in all of the Group’s major domains, including Defence and Security, Aerospace and Space, as well as Digital Identity and Security. 

years presence
employees in Italy
locations across the country

Local cooperation

Thales’s strong vocation for innovation is nourished by numerous collaborations with the best Italian Universities and research centers: whether sponsoring Politecnico di Milano Observatory on Cybersecurity and Data Protection or partnering with the Universities of Florence, Pisa and Siena on scientific innovations, Thales can anticipate market challenges to help shape the future of technology. Thales Italia is also founding partner of BiG Academy, an advanced managerial training course that offers young managers the opportunity to learn directly from the experience of our international top managers who bring their expertise, practical cases and decision-making models to the classroom.

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Our solutions

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Supporting air mobility in Italy and worldwide

The historical site of Gorgonzola is the Group’s competence center for conventional air navigation systems. Here, solutions that help manage air traffic in an increasingly efficient and sustainable way are designed, produced and installed in turn-key solutions.
Worldwide, the systems built in Gorgonzola cover more than 60% of those currently in service; a TACAN, a Tactical Air Navigation System, is even used at the International Station in Antarctica where the Italian Air Force and the National Research Center (CNR) collaborate. 
In nearby Vergiate, a strategic location for its proximity to both Milan’s airports and the customer, is home to the Group’s global competence center for the reprogramming of OBRMs (On Board Reprogramming Modules) and for the maintenance of Thales avionic equipment installed on board the aircrafts of the leading Italian manufacturer.

Ensuring Security across critical sites

From its Florence headquarters, Thales offers security solutions for critical infrastructures, sensitive sites and for the control of the urban environment. 
Thales in Italy is the Group’s global competence center for security solutions and management of airport operations. AiRise, Thales scalable suite designed to make airports smarter, more efficient and safer, offers end-to-end security management of airport infrastructures, operations, data, passengers and personnel. As it is highly customizable, AiRise has been adopted by airports all over the world, from Milan to Dubai. 
Thales expertise in security and operations management can be applied to all kind of infrastructures, increasing efficiency and sustainability for stadiums, ports, even entire cities. 
Thales is a reliable partner in the cyber security sector providing its customers -the Italian MoD, financial institutions and transport operators- auditing and consulting services, and supplying products and solutions that ensure the security of IT infrastructures, communications, transactions and digital identity.

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Alongside the Italian national defence

Thales has supported the national defence bodies with the design, supply and support of tactical and strategic telecommunications networks and equipment, as well as electronic warfare systems, IT and communications protection systems, integrated technological solutions on board land, naval and aeronautic platforms, command and control solutions.
Thales has designed and built the telecommunication infrastructure of the Italian Armed Forces, maintaining and developing two networks, via radio links and optical fiber. The infrastructure (more than 13,000 kilometers of optical fiber) guarantees high- capacity connectivity and security to Italian defence bodies and departments by integrating the commands to the related Armed Forces networks.
Thales in Italy, from his historical site in Chieti, is the Group’s competence centre for the development of communication waveform for software defined radio. The site is certified by the Italian National Authorities for the management of classified projects.

Italian Digital Solutions for a greener future

Thanks to its digital identity and security solutions, Thales in Italy is the country’s market leader in the banking and payment sector with a growing attention towards the use of eco-friendly payment cards, boasting among its customers all the major national banking groups and payment services, as well as providers of electronic meal vouchers.
Within the mobile connectivity sector, Thales collaborates with operators as they transition to eSIM solutions and provides advanced connectivity solutions for the latest generation 5G networks, Trusted Digital ID solutions and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning solutions.
Thales in Italy is also a leader in data protection, offering all the services an organization needs to protect and manage data, identity and intellectual property through encryption, advanced key management, tokenization, authentication and access management. 
In addition, Thales supports border management, road safety, public safety and law enforcement challenges through identity and biometric solutions that are at the cutting edge of technology.

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Leading space exploration 

Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), operates in Italy with 2.500 employees spread over 4 sites, in Rome, Turin, L’Aquila and Milan. 
Thales Alenia Space is the leading satellite operator in Europe and has over 50 years of experience in building systems and equipment for telecommunications, Earth observation, space exploration and navigation, environmental management, science and orbital infrastructures. The company contributes to many of today’s leading space programs, working for both government and commercial customers, including NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian space agency (ASI).
Thales Alenia Space in Italy invests massively in Research & Development to support a continuous stream of innovations and considers space as a new horizon, which makes it possible to improve and make life on Earth more sustainable.

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Come and meet us

We regularly participate in many events to meet our clients and partners and showcase our solutions. 

Our next events in Italy:

  • Cybertech Europe  8-9 October 2024, Rome La Nuvola Convention Center 

Grow your talent at Thales in Italy

The opportunities at Thales are as limitless as the boundaries of engineering, science and technology. Build the future you want with us.

Sustainability commitments

Building a future we can all trust is our purpose at Thales. Thales in Italy is strongly committed to sustainability. We take a proactive and responsible approach to reduce our environmental impact, create an inclusive and equitable workplace encompassing the diversity of all our employees and stand by a strong ethics and integrity policy based on the highest international standards. Thales Italia was one of the first technology and defence companies in Italy to obtain the ISO 37001 certification on Anti-corruption Management System. Thales Italia is also contributing beyond to its communities, through Thales Solidarity and by encouraging the next-generation of women to take on careers in STEM.


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Legal notices

Thales has adopted a Code of Ethics aimed at defining a series of principles of business ethics that the Company recognises as its own and with which it requires compliance by the Corporate Bodies, its employees and all those who cooperate in any way in the pursuit of the Company's aims. Thales also has an Ethics Officer, who aims to develop rules and organisational behaviour within the Group that are in line with international best practices in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility and monitors the concrete implementation of the indications contained in the Code of Ethics. (Italian only)

International Standards


  • ISO 9001, ISO EN 9100, ISO EN 9120
  • AS9120 ISO EN 9110
  • AS9110 - Quality management system
  • ISO 14001 - Environmental management system
  • ISO 45001 - Safety management system
  • ISO 27001 - Information Security Management System
  • ISO 37001 - Management systems for the prevention of corruption
  • ISO 50001 - Energy Management system Legal Notice
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Contact us in Italy

Thales Italia
Florence HQ
Via Provinciale Lucchese 33
50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI) Italy
Phone: +39 055 30631


Thales Alenia Space Italia
Rome HQ
Via Saccomuro, 24, 
00131 Rome (RM), Italy
Phone: +39 06 41511

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