With the end of the cold war, the threat of global conflict subsided, giving way to more local and regional conflicts. Naval operations have shifted to littoral waters, which are both more difficult to control and pose a range of environmental challenges. Furthermore, growing commercial shipping, which represents 90% of worldwide trade, requires surveillance and protection of maritime traffic, on- and off-shore critical assets, particularly in straits and other high risk areas. In this new environment, major navies need to perform five key strategic functions: knowledge & anticipation, prevention, deterrence, protection and intervention.
As a key partner of navies worldwide, Thales offers cutting edge technology: from the world’s largest sensor and fire control portfolio to leading C4ISR solutions, from prime contracting to lead system integration, from warship modernisation programmes to innovative operational life cycle support & services for the broadest range of ship classes.
Building on a strong industrial base in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, Thales has established naval centres of excellence worldwide and is committed to providing secure mission-critical solutions to its defence and civil customers across the world.