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Thales Optronics

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1 Linthouse Road
G51 4BZ

Phone: 0141 440 4000
Fax: 0141 440 4001
Employees: 800

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Organisation Description

Thales Optronics conducts its business from three sites in the UK. The main site and headquarters is in Glasgow with secondary sites in Staines and Bury St Edmunds. These companies have around 800 employees with a combined annual turnover of around ~£120 million. Thales designs and manufactures electro-optic systems, modules, and components, mainly for the defence market. As part of Thales Defence, Thales Optronics is at the centre of a multi-disciplined group of UK based companies with annual revenues of over ~£1.2 billion and a workforce of approximately 12,500 people. Thales Defence is in turn part of the global Thales Group with annual revenues of over ~£10 billion.

Product/Research Description

The product range offered by Thales Optronics includes optronics masts and traditional submarine periscopes, a wide range of thermal imaging cameras, electro-optic surveillance scanners, visible and near infra-red sights and sensors, infra-red search-and-track systems for land and airborne applications, laser rangefinders and target designators, and sighting, fire control systems and turrets for armoured fighting vehicles.

New Products

Thales has recently introduced a long-range thermal imaging camera with 3 fields-of-view and SXGA output to its product range.

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Main Markets

Thales Optronics is a major supplier to the UK Armed Forces and has considerable world-wide export business.

Services Offered

Thales Optronics has extensive research, development and advanced manufacturing capabilities throught the organisation. Its facilities include laboratories, cleanrooms and state-of-the-art assembly and test equipment and processes. Additionally, the Thales Group has significant research activity at its Research & Technology Centres in Reading (UK) and Palaiseau (France). Thales Optronics has world-class engineering capabilities in systems, mechanical, optical, electro-optical, laser, electrical & electronic, software and algorithms disciplines.



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