Thales is a global leader in software-designed radio systems, with the most advanced portfolio of radios and waveforms for all market segments.
Our PR4G and MBITR radios are international bestsellers, in service in 50 countries. Today, the PR4G waveforms are the only waveforms to support simultaneous real-time voice and data transmission. The MBITR 2 is the first and only handheld two-channel software-defined radio available in the marketplace.
Thales is involved in the main national software-designed radio programmes in the United States, Germany and Asia as well as in France with the CONTACT programme.
CONTACT programme: secure tactical internet to support network-centric operations and cooperative engagements
- Thales is system architect and integrator for France's CONTACT software-designed radio network. This programme covers the full range of radio networking capabilities, from dismounted infantry and mobile command posts to battalion level. Compliant with NATO standards, the CONTACT system will improve performance by a factor of 100 compared with current-generation equipment and will offer a joint forces radio communication capability for land, air and naval operations.
- The engineering effort currently involves more than 1,000 engineers at Thales and its programme partners and subcontractors. This endeavour, the only one of its kind in Europe, will culminate in 2018 with the market launch of the first comprehensive software-designed radio network, a core component of the defence systems of the future.
- CONTACT is the only program of such magnitude in Europe.
- At the same time, Thales and its European ESSOR partners are pursuing the development of the ESSOR standard and the associated interoperable waveform. In October 2013, the first interoperability trials with equipment from different nations were successfully completed.