Thales, your innovative and trusted partner for the soldier and more : discover our know-how & expertise centers worldwide !


Helping our customers to see more clearly, understanding more deeply, and controlling more precisely.


For over 130 years, we have proudly led the development of optronics for military, scientific and commercial use.


Our know-how in Optronics expands the limits of humans capabilities, and not only in the Defence market !


In the Defence market

Forces to find the right information at the right time to make the right decision

In the Science Industry

Scientists to look into the furthest reaches of our universe

In the cinema

Professional film-makers capture the perfect image



11 Thales Optronics Sites

7 countries

4, 5OO Co-workers


The Heart of Thales optronics expertise


  • One site developing, integrating and testing Thales optronics solutions in France,
  • A dedicated Cyber Security expertise center
  • Leader in high-power solid-state laser solutions for space, industrial processes and new medical applications
  • Image'Inn technical and operational innovation laboratory for co-design by users
  • Europe's largest facility of its kind

#1 worldwide with more than 15,000 Sophie imagers in service in 55 countries

#1 in Europe with digital-ready surveillance UAVs

#Thales is the World's only company to send operational laser to Mars (with CNES and NASA)

The Thales expertise in precision optics

  • Manufacturing, research and development capabilities for high-performance optical systems and components
  • Design, development and production of night vision systems (LI and IR technology)

#Over 80 years of expertise in cutting-edge Optics


#A world leader in cinema zoom lenses with Angénieux Brand


#Creator of the Folded Design with Lucie biocular NVG in 1996


#Direct View Optic capabilities for the new Sophie Family


The Thales expertise in optronics mounted solutions

  • Design and manufacture of optronic day/night vision equipment systems for Land & Naval operations
  • Specialized in Gunner Sight, Communication & Recce cutting-edge systems for vehicles & airborne systems
  • A wide offer of sensors for Naval applications

#130 year old optronics business producing world- class systems for air, naval and land defence markets

The Thales expertise in DVE for vehicules

  • Center of excellence for uncooled DVE (Driver Vision Enhancer) & LSA (local situation awarness) cameras
  • Complete development facilities
  • Integrated repair and logistics

#More than 10,000 systems sold in 20 countries


#Worldwide patents on key DVE product conceps & opto-mechanics

The Thales expertise in Airbone sensors

  • Design and development of airborne sensors and intelligence management systems
  • Design and development of airborne defensive aids systems

The Thales expertise in Cryogenic coolers

  • Development and fabrication of linear & rotary monobloc cryogenic cooling systems for military, civil, missile and space applications
  • Production capacity for 6,000 coolers / year
  • Development and production of lithium reserve batteries for medium to large calibre fuzes

#Leading cryogenic expertise on compact long-life coolers

#Leading experts in rotary monobloc cryogenic coolers

The Thales expertise in missile electronics

  • Airborne IR threat warning system & missile electronic design and development
  • Extensive design & development facilities

# World-leading missile electronics  development centre

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