Origins of the company
1970 - 1980
STRATEGIC REFOCUSING ON PROFESSIONAL AND DEFENCE ELECTRONICS
1983 - 1987
1987 - 1996
1996 - 1997
FROM THOMSON-CSF TO THALES
In December 2000, Thomson-CSF, recently renamed Thales, forms the first transatlantic joint venture in the defence sector, and the world leader in air defence, with the American company Raytheon.
FROM BUSINESS AREAS TO DIVISIONS: SECURITY, A THALES CORE BUSINESS
The Group continues to divest non-strategic civil businesses and to consolidate and structure its capabilities in the expanding civil security market, particularly through its Thales SHIELD initiative.
In 2004, with refocusing of the civil businesses almost complete, Thales announces a new organisation based on six divisions, each defined according to its respective markets, to facilitate implementation of common technologies.
THE NEW THALES
2007 saw the opening of a new chapter in Thales's history, with the transfer of transport, security and space activities from longstanding partner Alcatel-Lucent. The New Thales is bigger and stronger than before with increased revenues, more employees and the arrival of new and complementary skills, making Thales a major world player with exceptional technological capabilities and leader in mission-critical information systems serving three markets: Defence, Aerospace, and Security.
In 2007, Thales also signed an agreement with French naval player DCNS, enabling Thales to gain a 25% stake in the company and become its industry stakeholder-partner. This alliance strengthens and secures Thales's naval credentials both on key European programme and on a number of major export contracts.
The Group’s firmly-rooted strategy is reflected in its presence along the "value chain" from equipment and systems to systems integration, prime contracting and services), a balanced portfolio between dual defence and civil technologies and businesses, and a multidomestic presence as a local player on local markets.