Present in India since 1953, Thales today has over 300 employees working with its wholly-owned Indian subsidiary - Thales India Pvt. Ltd. Headquartered in New Delhi, Thales has other operational offices and sites that are spread across Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, among others. Since the beginning, Thales has been playing an essential role in India’s growth story by sharing its technologies and expertise in defence, transportation and aerospace sectors.

Supporting “Make in India”

Thales strategy of developing its industrial footprint in India is in line with the Indian government’s policy of “Make in India” and of developing the defence base of the country. With this as the backdrop, Thales has formed various co-operative partnerships with public and private sector industries. It has been closely associated with HAL for over 50 years and has formed JVs with Samtel, BEL and L&T Technology Services.


Thales’s “Go to India” approach

Further making the “Make in India” policy concrete and real, Thales has also been co-operating with the Indian private sector particularly large corporate players and SMEs to build transfer of technology and supply chain partnerships. Thales has extensive experience in liaising with numerous group supply chain partners to support the local industry in India and open up growth opportunities for them.


Bringing global expertise in Smart Cities to India

Capitalizing on key references such as Mexico City’s urban security and Auckland’s regional ticketing system that allows multi-modal travel with a single pass, among others, Thales looks forward to bringing its global expertise to India. In January 2016, Thales and Engineering Projects (India) Ltd. (EPI) signed an MoU to jointly work on the projects related to Smart Cities.

Growing with Universities

Collaborating with the world’s most dynamic universities is a key aspect of innovation at Thales. In October 2015, Thales and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore signed an MoU for a jointly supervised IISc-CNRS PhD fellowship scheme. In January 2016, Thales signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) to create a jointly supervised IIT Bombay-CNRS PhD fellowship scheme starting July 2016.

Key figures

Operating in India since 1953
employees in India
8 sites in India


  • Aerospace
    Thales is present in India's civilian aerospace.
  • Defence
    Thales has signed major contracts with the Indian Ministry of Defence.
  • Transportation
    Thales is a long-standing partner of public transport in India with systems in operation both in metros and on main lines.


  • 27/09/2016 until 30/09/2016 ADEX
  • 30/09/2016 until 07/10/2016 Foro Comillas de Empleo

Local Partners

Thales’ local partnerships and joint ventures (JVs) reinforce the company’s commitment to the country.
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL): Thales has been working closely with HAL have for over 50 years. Thales has been providing high-end avionics to equip the platforms that HAL is designing. We will continue to develop our partnership with HAL through transfer of technology, when appropriate, to jointly address the growth of Indian Defence Aerospace market.
  • Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL): The JV company was incorporated in August 2014 as BEL-Thales Systems Limited. Thales holds 26% equity in the joint venture, while Bharat Electronics holds 74 % of the stake. The JV is dedicated to the design, development, marketing, supply and support of civilian and select military ground based radars for India and the Global markets. In March 2016, Thales and BEL-Thales Systems Limited (BTSL) signed a partnership agreement for the joint development of the PHAROS fire control radar for gun and missile systems. The jointly developed PHAROS system will cater to both domestic Indian and international market requirements.
  • Samtel: Thales signed a JV agreement with Samtel in 2008 to locally develop and produce helmet mounted sights and displays, military avionic and airborne sensor systems for the defence market. Samtel Avionics Limited holds 74% of the stake and Thales 26%. The JV is fully operational and the facility is in Noida.  The production of displays for the Mirage 2000 upgrade programme by this JV will pave the way for future opportunities to serve local and export markets.
  • L&T Technology Services: In June 2014, Thales and L&T Technology Services formed a JV with a view to develop software engineering activities in India, particularly in the avionics domain. L&T Technology Services purchased 74% of the equity capital of Thales Software India Pvt. Ltd. By retaining 26% equity stake, Thales helps the company to develop the latest trends in the avionics industry, one of its core businesses.


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