Thales Group

Thales Group (French pronunciation: [talɛs]) is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets. The company is headquartered in Paris' business district, La Défense[2] and its stock is listed on the Euronext Paris.

Thales S.A.
TypeSociété Anonyme
Euronext Paris: HO
CAC 40 Component
IndustryAerospace, Defence, Transport, Security, Electronics
Founded6 December 2000; 20 years ago (2000-12-06)
FounderDenis Ranque
Area served
Key people
Patrice Caine (CEO)
ProductsTactical radios, Remote controlled weapon stations, radars, infantry mobility vehicles, aerospace electronics, Aeronautics
Revenue 17 billion (2020)
937 million (2020)
483 million (2020)
Number of employees
80,000 (2019)

The company changed its name to Thales (from the Greek philosopher Thales, pronounced [talɛs] reflecting its pronunciation in French) from Thomson-CSF in December 2000 shortly after the acquisition of Racal Electronics, a UK defence electronics group.[3][4] It is partially state-owned by the French government,[5] and has operations in more than 56 countries. It has 80,000 employees and generated €18.4 billion in revenues in 2019. As of 2017, it is also the 8th largest defence contractor in the world[6] and 55% of its total sales are military sales.[5]

The CEO of Thales Group is Patrice Caine since December 2014.[7]