Thales in India
Present in India since 1953, Thales has over 300 employees working with its wholly-owned Indian subsidiary, Thales India Pvt. Ltd. Headquartered in New Delhi, Thales has various spread across Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai, among others. Thales strategy of developing its industrial footprint in India is in line with the Indian government’s policy of ‘Make in India’ and for 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.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL): Thales has been working closely with HAL for over 50 years. Thales has been providing high-end avionics to equip various platforms that HAL is designing.
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL): The JV Company was incorporated in August 2014 as BEL-Thales Systems Limited (BTSL). 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 BTSL signed a partnership agreement for joint development
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 based 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.
BDL: At Aero India 2017, Thales and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a Government of India enterprise, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to assess opportunities for the transfer of technology of STARStreak missile capability to India with the support of the Government of the United Kingdom (UK).
On the defence front, on 23 September 2016, the Indian Government contracted for 36 Rafale omnirole combat aircraft. Rafale’s new export success “demonstrates Thales’ ability, alongside Dassault Aviation and its partners, to constantly meet the customer’s highest expectations through innovation, mastery of advanced technology and industrial excellence”.
Thales provides a number of state-of-theart equipment and systems on board the Rafale. These include the provision of RBE2 AESA radar, the Spectra electronic warfare system, optronics, the communication navigation and the cockpit display systems, power generation systems and a logistics support component.
In July 2011, Thales and Dassault Aviation had signed a contract for the upgrade of the Indian Air Force’s Mirage 2000 fleet, the upgrade to enhance technical-operational capabilities of the Indian Air Force’s Mirage 2000. As a result, the IAF will have a coherent platform-system combination for the next 20 years. The IAF’s air potential will be further enhanced by the integration of new capabilities. Four upgraded Mirage 2000 aircraft have been delivered to the Indian Air Force, of HAL with the support of Dassault Aviation and Thales teams, as per the contract.
In addition, Thales has also signed other major contracts with the Indian Ministry of Defence. For the IAF, there are radars and systems (GS100), avionics & INGPS (Inertial Navigation and Global Positioning System) for military aircraft such as the Mirage 2000, MiG-21 and-27, Su-30MKI, foe) and INGPS for the MiG-29s.
For the Indian Navy, there are electronic warfare (EW) systems, anti-submarine warfare sonar systems and minehunting solutions as well as long-range surveillance radar LW08 and DA04.
For the Indian Army, Thales optronics include Hand Held Thermal Imagers (HHTI) and Catherine Thermal Imagers on T-90 tanks. As for air defence radars, there is the Flycatcher Mk1 in operation.
Catherine Thermal Imagers on Indian Army T-90 tanks
Thales’ RBE2 AESA radar: soon for the IAF Rafales