Thales in In­dia

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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

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