U.S. Commercial Service and Congressman Trone honor Thales Defense & Security, Inc. with Export Award

Today, Congressman David Trone of Maryland joined the U.S. Commercial Service’s Assistant Secretary for Global Markets Ian Steff, to award Thales Defense & Security, Inc. with the International Trade Administration Export Achievement Certificate. This award recognizes the business for significantly increasing U.S. defense export sales in new international markets.  

“Thales Defense & Security, Inc. manufactures elite technologies for the U.S. Armed Forces and then exports those technologies to U.S. allies around the world via connections we help arrange with foreign governments,” said Ian Steff, who performs the non-exclusive duties and functions of Assistant Secretary for Global Markets. “The company’s resourcefulness and proven tactics have helped it secure multi-million-dollar sales in key international markets.”

Created in 2001 by the U.S. Commercial Service, the program aims to support U.S. businesses as they seek to gain traction in foreign markets. Since 1964, Thales Defense & Security, Inc. has been a member of the U.S. defense industrial base and with the support of the U.S. Commercial Service was able to enter new international markets for the first time this year. 

“Defense exports are a key driver of Maryland’s economy,” said Congressman Trone. “When U.S. businesses increase sales overseas, they create new jobs here in Maryland. With the help of the U.S. Commercial Service, the Sixth District’s own Thales Defense & Security, Inc. developed an aggressive global sales strategy.”

In further recognition of the business’ achievement growing export sales, Maryland’s Secretary of Commerce, Kelly M. Schulz, recognized the business with the Secretary’s Citation.

“The Commercial Service has provided invaluable support helping us significantly increase our international sales,” said Thales Defense and Security, Inc.’s CEO Mike Sheehan. “The connections our company made at the Commerce Department’s TradeWinds mission in India are helping us sell U.S. manufactured equipment into the South Asian market.”

Thales Defense & Security, Inc., a subsidiary of Thales Group, provides world-class ground tactical, airborne and avionics, naval and maritime, and security capabilities for U.S. forces and friendly nations from its main facility in Clarksburg, Maryland. The company has sold more than 300,000 radios, vehicle adapters, tactical repeaters and base stations domestically and abroad to over 30 countries worldwide.