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Thales’s international growth strategy is based on the development of world-class expertise as close as possible to its customers.

Local cooperation

In the field of science and technology, Thales in Romania is involved in the European laser research project ELI-NP (Extreme Light Infrastructure-Nuclear Physics), responsible for the turnkey development and supply of a complex scientific instrument.

Thales joined the Extreme Light Infrastructure ELI-NP programme in 2013 to develop the High-Power Laser System (HPLS), the most powerful system of its kind in the world. Thales began the delivery and installation of the system at the Mgurele facility near Bucharest late 2016. This system is designed to generate twin laser beams of 10 PW each and will be the core instrument of a unique new advanced technology and fundamental research facility in nuclear physics.

Following first demonstrations in 2018 and 2019, in August 2020, the laser installation generated ten consecutive 10 PW fully compressed shots), reconfirming Thales as the world leader in high power lasers. Thales is now under a 3-year contract for operating and maintaining the laser system.

Thales has also developed a special technical and scientific training programme to train our local engineers and technicians to install and operate the system for European research programmes.