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Thales offers to digitally transform defence in India

New Delhi: French military and security technology major Thales has offered to digitally transform India’s defence forces and will be showcasing products and technologies that it promises have the potential to enable India’s armed forces to achieve high ambitions and master every decisive moment.

“In line with DefExpo-2020‘s focus — ‘Digital Transformation of Defence‘ — Thales, a world leader in digital identity and security, will be showcasing defence technologies that are digitally driven and future focused,” a company statement said here today.

With a presence spanning more than six decades in the country, Thales has a rich experience of supporting India’s defence modernisation needs. At Defexpo-2020, Thales will be exhibiting its wide range of products and solutions through a series of demonstrations across four categories — Land, Naval and Air, Digital Transformation and Security.

Thales will display, in its digital transformation area, the Targeting and Reconnaissance Pod Palios, which combines targeting and tactical reconnaissance capabilities in a single pod which will be able to embed artificial intelligence in the future. Thales will also showcase Pathmaster, the first fully configurable unmanned mine countermeasures system.

Thales’ demos for land will include combat systems such as a fully integrated Soldier System capability, SYNAPS software defined radios among the family of communication devices, armaments and mock-up missiles supporting air defence systems such as STARStreak and lightweight multi-role missiles.

In its security corner, Thales will exhibit its Live Face Identification System, a video-based biometric facial recognition system for tracking and recognition. The company will also present Eagleshield, a multi-sensor integrated drone countermeasures solution that can detect, identify, classify and neutralise rogue drones flying at low altitude at ranges of up to seven km.

For Aero and Naval, Thales will showcase anti-submarine warfare solutions such as Captas 1 and Aero and Naval connectivity and Identification solutions such as Nextwave, Interrogator Friend Foe TSB 2510, etc.

“With the display of such unique digitally driven technologies across verticals, Thales will not only reiterate its commitment towards ‘Make in India’ and export from India, but will also showcase its upcoming plans towards the development and modernisation of the Indian armed forces,” the company said.

“We are enthusiastic about our participation at the DefExpo India 2020 as it allows us to demonstrate our leadership in technologies that are completely in line with the expo’s theme this year — ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’,” Thales India Country Director and Vice President Emmanuel de Roquefeuil said.

“Our trusted technologies have been helping armed forces and authorities across the world, including India, to prepare, achieve and maintain tactical superiority and ensure national security. Backed by over six decades of partnering with India, we look forward to continue playing a major role in job creation and skill development especially through our two Engineering Competence Centres in India and our local partnerships,” Emmanuel de Roquefeuil said.

NOTE: Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global technology leader shaping the world of tomorrow today. The Group provides solutions, services and products to customers in the aeronautics, space, transport, digital identity and security, and defence markets. With 80,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of €19 billion in 2018 (on a pro forma basis including Gemalto). Thales is investing in particular in digital innovations — connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — technologies that support businesses, organisations and governments in their decisive moments.

NOTE: Present in India since 1953, Thales is headquartered in New Delhi and has other operational offices and sites spread across Noida, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Mumbai, among others. Over 1,600 employees are working with Thales and its joint ventures in India. Since the beginning, Thales has been playing an essential role in India’s growth story by sharing its technologies and expertise in Defence, Transport, Aerospace and Digital Identity and Security markets. Thales has two engineering competence centres in India – one in Delhi NCR focused on data analytics and digital identity and security business, while the one in Bengaluru focuses on hardware, software and systems engineering capabilities for both the civil and defence sectors, serving global needs.

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