With its 50-year history in the country, Thales employs 220 people in Brazil and subcontracts products and services from more than 300 Brazilian companies. Thales Latin America headquarters is based in Sao Paulo.
 
In order to be closer to the customers and play an important partner with the local industry system, Thales has implemented a strong local industrial capacity with (i) a radar manufacturing facility in Sao Paulo (ii) a Sonar Excellence Centre in Sao Paulo, (iii) a Space Technology Centre in Sao Jose dos Campos, (iv) an In-flight Entertainment integration  centre in Sao Paulo, (v) an Integration Centre for Transportation in  Sao Paulo, and (vi) a global Aerospace Service Centre addressing Brazil and also South America.
As a consequence of these local investments and nationalization efforts, Thales, through its subsidiary Omnisys, has already implemented various projects certified as "Strategic Defence Products”.
 
Thales works closely to the Brazilian authorities to bring the best answers to their needs in all aspects: providing operational proven solutions, implementing local industrial capability, performing transfer of technology, developing local services close to the customers, establishing partnership with Brazilian industrial players and universities, training high level Brazilian engineers, fostering innovation in high technology, developing international networking to Brazilian engineers and partners, exporting from Brazil high end products and systems produced in the country. 

Key Figures

50
years of presence
220
employees
Headquarter in
São Paulo
state, Brazil
Offices in
3 cities
Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and São Paulo
1
Production site in São Bernardo do Campo

Local cooperation

As examples of local cooperation, in 2015, Thales opened a Space Technology Centre in Brazil for the development of technologic partnerships with Brazilian companies in the space sector. Brazil’s Geostationary Satellite for Defence and Communications (SGDC) was developed by Thales Alenia Space and a complete program of training and transfer of technology including the creation of a Space Academy in the country has been achieved.
Thales participates in two other space projects of observation satellites that have been developed by INPE together with local industry: CBERS (China Brazil Earth Resources Satellite) and PMM (Multi Mission Platform). 

Similar Local cooperation have also been established in the field of naval systems, navigation aids for airplanes, radars for air traffic control, defence communications, transportation, avionics, etc.  

Defence and Security In Brazil

Brazilian soldier operating SOTAS system on Guarani vehicle
Brazilian soldier operating SOTAS system on Guarani vehicle

Key Points

  • Thales is the leader in the e-security market in the field of cryptography for financial transactions, protecting over 85% of all transactions in Brazil
  • Thales is developing the security market for critical infrastructure protection (ports, airports, barrages, etc.) and safe & smart cities. 
  • Thales supplies Intercom System (SOTAS) for several Brazilian military vehicles.
  • Thales supplies Electronic Warfare systems for Brazilian Navy ships.
  • Thales is developing technology for surface ship radars.
  • Thales supplies critical systems such as sonar, communication and electronic warfare systems and consoles for the Brazilian submarines.
  • Thales implemented sonar as well as radar Technological Centres in Brazil.

Overview

Thales is recognized as a high value partner and delivers broad range solutions for the Brazilian Army, Air Force and Navy missions.
 
Through a strategic partnership with the Brazilian Navy, Thales supplies critical systems such as sonar, communication and electronic warfare (radars and communications) systems to its fleet, including corvettes, frigates and submarines. Thales opened an Excellence Sonar Centre in Brazil in 2016, and transfers technology to the country demonstrating the company’s local commitment to prepare for the future.
 
The Brazilian Army selected SOTAS system for communication interconnection into several vehicles. Besides Guarani vehicle, the system can also be found in the Urutu and M113 vehicles. The SOTAS system is recognized by its performance and modular capabilities, allowing easy adaptations, expansions and straightforward operations.  SOTAS was also selected by Avibras, which integrates it and other Thales equipment (Radios, Optronics, Fuses, etc.) into products for Brazilian and Export programs.
 
In security, Thales is leader in the e-security market in the field of cryptography for financial transactions and is developing the critical infrastructure protection market for ports, airports, barrages and other strategic assets besides its safe & smart cities programs.

 

Aerospace in Brazil

On-route L-Band TRSM970S Radar produced by Thales Brazil
On-route L-Band TRSM970S Radar produced by Thales Brazil

Key Points

  • Over 120 primary and secondary radars and 190 Navaids (DVOR, ILS and DME) for Air traffic Management.
  • More than 70% of all surveillance radars in the country.
  • Thales is exporting from Brazil radars to more than 10 countries in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Overview

Thales is the leader in the Air Traffic domain in Brazil (70% of the radars operating in the country). Through its subsidiary Omnisys in Brazil, Thales produces L-Band long range air surveillance radars as well as secondary radars and has become the global radar excellence centre of Thales Group, focusing on the domestic and export markets. Thales has been deploying, for more than 20 years, Air Traffic Control radars for CISCEA, the Brazilian Air Traffic Management authority. The company has currently around 120 primary and secondary radars installed in the Brazilian territory. Nowadays, Thales is exporting radars from Brazil to 8 countries in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
 
Thales supplies Embraer with equipment for their commercial and business jets and Inertial Navigation Systems (INS), GPS, HPIRS (High Performance Inertial Reference System) for the new generation multi-mission transportation aircraft: the military jet KC-390. Embraer also choose Thales’ IESI (Integrated Electronic Standby Instrument) and Satellite communication Systems to equip some of their aircrafts (for commercial aviation and executive jets).
 
In addition, Thales also delivers in Brazil navigation aids systems such as ILS, DME/DVOR to the airports.
 

Space in Brazil

 SGDC - Geostationary Satellite for Defence and Communications
SGDC - Geostationary Satellite for Defence and Communications

Key Points

  • Thales has developed the SGDC – Geostationary Satellite for Defence and Communications - and opened a Space Technological Centre in Sao Jose dos Campos in 2015.
  • Thales has equipped the space launch site of Alcantara with several sensors like tracking radars, optical tracking systems, S Band telemetry stations, and electromagnetic surveillance system.

Overview

Thales is a long-term and one of the main partners for Brazil Space programs and Brazilian Space authorities. During the last decade, Thales has supported, via its local subsidiary Omnisys, the development of the CBERS (China Brazil Earth Resources Satellite) program. The CBERS program represents a successful partnership between Brazil and China to produce and operate a group of satellites for environmental monitoring. Thales plays an important role in this program by developing, producing and qualifying sub-systems such as transponders, x-band transmitters, antennas, on-board computers etc. In parallel, the company is delivering the tracking & telemetry stations of the Brazilian launching centre of Alcantara.
 
Since 2013, Thales Alenia Space is developing and producing the Brazilian Geostationary Satellite for Defence and Communications (SGDC) with a complete program of training and transfer of technology including the creation of a Space Academy in Sao Jose dos Campos. In 2015, Thales opened also a Space Technology Centre in Brazil for the development of technologic partnerships with Brazilian companies in the space sector. This is a significant step ahead for Brazil to its sovereignty, offering security and reliability to its critical communications and extending the Internet access to remote populations.

Transportation in Brazil

Santos LRT in Brazil
Santos LRT in Brazil

Key Points

  • Thales is supplying signalling & communications systems for metros and Light Rail Transportation (LRT).
  • Integration Centre in Brazil. 

Overview

Thales is delivering projects in Brazil on both Signalling & Communications fields providing solutions and products like CBTC (Communications-Based Train Control for Urban Rail), Fibber Optic Transmission, Passenger Information, CCTV, CTC, Interlocking, Mobile Radio, Telephony, and SCADA. As an example, Santos LRT started its commercial operation in the 1st Quarter of 2016. One of the two transportation Integration Centres, in Latin America, is located in the country.