Thales is a French multinational company specialised in digital systems that provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security industry.



Thales has 64,000 employees and generated €14.9 billion in revenues in 2016. As of 2017, it is also the 8th largest defence contractor in the world and 55% of its total sales are military sales.

The company is partially state-owned by the French government and has operations in more than 56 countries.

The predecessor of Thales, Thomson-CSF, originated from the 1893 founded Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston (CFTH).

In December 2000, shortly after the acquisition of Racal Electronics plc, a UK defence electronics group, the company changed its name to Thales like the Greek philosopher.

Thales’ international subsidiaries delivered about 52% of the company’s revenue in 2008, with Thales UK being the largest of these accounting for 13% of group revenue.

Thales’ headquarters are in La Défense (the business district of Paris), and its stock is listed on the Euronext Paris.


Global Revenue: €18.86bn (2018)
Operating Income: 1.178bn (2018)
Net Income: €982 million (2018)
Area Served: Worldwide
Order Book: €32.3bn (2018)
Employees: 80,000 (2019)
Key People: Patrice Caine (CEO), Pascal Bouchiat (CFO), Pierre Eric Pommellet (CPO)
Main Subsidiaries: GmbH, SYSGO, Vormetricl

Did you know: Thales’ international subsidiaries generated 52% of the company’s revenue in 2008, with Thales UK being the largest of these accounting for 13% of group revenue


Patrice Caine  (CEO)
Patrice Caine 

Pascal Bouchiat (CFO)
Pascal Bouchiat

Pierre Eric Pommellet  (CPO)

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The Hercules Operators Conference provides professionals from across the avionics industry with the opportunity to share operational, technical, modification and maintenance insights with Hercules and Orion aircraft owners/operators, service centers and suppliers.

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