Thales has been present in Egypt since 1973, providing its customers with capabilities for air traffic control, communications, radars, air defence and transportation systems.
The Group’s vision is to bring security, safety and growth in the country; whilst evolving state sovereignty, providing sustainable economic development, and fostering local talent. This factor is evident through the continuous local cooperation between Thales and the Egyptian state.
Historically, Thales has provided defence solutions, aerospace and transportation systems for urban railway projects in Egypt. Over the last few years, the Group has extended its footprint in other areas including security for critical infrastructure and space-related products. Thales’ local presence is continuously increasing as a result of the country’s economic growth initiatives.
A presence for over 40 years
employees including Joint Ventures
Thales’ strategy encompasses the aim of promoting local expansion in the Middle East. Joint ventures and academic partnerships form the core approach for the cooperative relationships in Egypt. Examples of this include :
In 1982, Thales formed a joint venture called Arab International Optronics (AIO). AOI is an Egyptian joint stock company, created on a 49/51 basis between Thales and the National Service Products Organisation (NASPO) for the local production of optical and optronic equipment. The company today employs about 400 employees.
Over the past thirty years Thales has built a longstanding partnership with NANSC, Egypt’s Air Navigation Service Provider. This collaboration has provided a variety of state-of-the-art Thales products, ranging from air traffic surveillance radars, modern navaids and air traffic control simulators for the Egyptian Aviation Academy; to the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system and the tower system for Cairo International Airport.
In 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Egypt’s former Transport Minister and Thales for the creation of an Egyptian Academy of Transport Science and Technology (EATST). The Egyptian Rail Academy is a transportation institute enabling customers to develop competences in all areas of transport infrastructure. Thales, via its corporate university, will carry out a feasibility study for the academy and propose academic and professional training programmes in the field of urban and main line rail. The academy will eventually be capable of welcoming more than 1,000 students and trainees, with an initial year group of 200.
Since 2000 Thales has developed a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Military Production encompassing a transfer of technology and local manufacturing of defence-related systems.
Defence in Egypt
This sector is omnipresent throughout the Group’s operations in Egypt, conveyed by the numerous contracts that have recently been awarded to the Group.
Thales strives to deepen its presence in the country by contributing its expertise in order to improve the standard of living for Egyptian people. Today, Thales is a key partner for major rail developments.
Thales, together with its partners Orascom Constructionand Colas Rail, signed a contract to deliver, with a turn-key approach (design, supply, deployment and 2-year maintenance), its advanced and integrated digital solutions for the Telecommunications, Centralised Contr...
Cannes, June 9, 2022 – The NILESAT 301 communications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%) for the Egyptian operator NILESAT was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral launch pad, Florida (USA), on boar...
As part of the ambitious plan to transform Egypt's railway infrastructure driven by the country's Ministry of Transport, Thales has once again delivered on its commitment by delivering the new key stations, Tanta, Sedfa and Al Ousayrat.
Egypt has one of the world’s longest-established railway networks with a heritage that stretches back nearly 170 years. Thales is working in partnership with Egyptian National Railways (ENR) and the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) on major upgrades of both the main...
• The existing mechanical signalling systems are being replaced with Thales’ Electronic Interlocking System (EIS) across three of the ENR’s most prominent projects in the country; 159km long Cairo-Alexandria, 48km long Cairo-Benha section, and 180km long Asyut-Nagahamad...
Phase 4B extension of Line 3 of the Cairo Metro powered by Thales’ solutions was inaugurated at a ceremony held in the presence of Egypt’s President, His Excellency Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on 16th August.
The Egyptian Minister of transport, Kamel El Wazir and the President of the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) Ashraf Raslan, visited the progress of the works on the line of Cairo Alexandria and took a tour of the stations that will be put into service soon with Thales t...