December 9, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 305th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, flies during an exercise above the waters of Tampa Bay, Florida, in November. The Air Force is pursuing innovative digital high frequency solutions as another communications tool for airmen and Joint warfighters. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag

Advanced long-distance communication solutions are needed for the military of the future, especially for operations in contested environments. Innovative high frequency solutions offer communication over long distances in real time and provide an alternative to satellite communications. The U.S. military and industry are working to harness wideband high frequency technologies, which can offer higher data rates on a single high frequency communications channel.

September 19, 2019

Thales Air Traffic Management Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, was awarded a $21,818,801 modification (P00012) to contract FA8730-18-C-0034 for the purchase of six additional deployable instrumental landing systems. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2022. This sole source award is the result of a priced option of the contract previously mentioned. Fiscal year 2017 and fiscal 2019 other production funds in the amount of $21,818,801 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity

April 1, 2019
By Cathy Hall
By employing the Zero Trust concept, organizations benefit from a stronger security posture, including decreased reputational risk with their customers and partners. Credit: JNE Valokuvaus/Shutterstock

In today’s environment, the network no longer can be considered a safe zone. Every asset an organization possesses and every transaction it conducts must be secured as if it were a standalone item continually exposed to the full range of cyber threats. The realization that perimeter protection alone is not sufficient has led to the security concept of Zero Trust. In this never-trust/always-verify approach, all entities and transactions rely on multiple solutions to work together and secure digital assets.

November 20, 2018

Thales Air Traffic Management Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, has been awarded a $30,634,338 firm-fixed-price contract option for Deployable Instrument Landing System (D-ILS) production units and spare parts. This contract option provides 9 D-ILS to be deployed worldwide. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland, and is expected to be completed September 2020. Fiscal year 2017 and 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $30,634,338 are being obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $126,104,149 and has not changed with this award. Aerospace Management Systems Contracting Office, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-18-C-0034).

July 16, 2018

Thales Defense & Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland; Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Northrop Grumman Space & Mission Systems Corp., San Diego, California; Harris Corp., Rochester, New York; and General Dynamics Mission Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona will compete for each order of the $249,600,000 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, and firm-fixed-fee) contract to support the Waveform Development Environment Ecosystem, multiple waveforms and network services. Bids were solicited via the Internet with five received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 12, 2023. U.S.

May 15, 2017

Thales Defense Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded a $9,900,000 (estimated contract value) single award, indefinite–delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR) family of radios sustainment in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Procurement Division. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $3,005 are being obligated at time of award via delivery order 0001. This contract is funded with operations and maintenance appropriation at the delivery order level, using current fiscal year funding, and is not multiyear.

October 20, 2016
By Julianne Simpson
Thales has been selected to provide a number of advanced systems for the French navy's future frigates.

Thales is working alongside DCNS to provide a number of advanced systems for the French navy’s FTI (Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire), a medium-size frigate program recently announced by the French Defense Ministry. The FTI is intended as a replacement for the fleet’s Lafayette-class frigates beginning in 2023.

March 14, 2016

Thales and AMST are working together to deliver a new high G-force training service for fast-jet pilots under a £44 million contract ($63,065,327). The service, being developed at RAF Cranwell, will improve pilot safety and offer a cost-effective training solution. As prime contractor, Thales will provide the design, build and operation of the training service, which is set to open in 2018. AMST will provide the design, technical and engineering capability for a human training centrifuge, which allows pilots to build and maintain their ability to withstand high G in a safe environment.

March 4, 2016

Thales Communications Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $10,268,384 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for radio and watt amplifier systems. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1). This is a three-year base contract with two one-year option periods. Location of performance is Maryland, with an August 26, 2019, performance completion date. Using service is Army. Types of appropriation are fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2019 defense and Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio (SPE7MX-16-D-0050).

February 26, 2016
Thales has been awarded a contract to perform a midlife update to the External Communications Voice Distribution and Management System for the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate fleet.

Thales, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, has been awarded a £19 million ($26,527,677) contract by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defensce to perform a midlife update to the External Communications Voice Distribution and Management System (KMY) for the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate fleet. The KMY Replacement System (KRS) will replace the present analog KMY communications system with a fully digital solution, and it will serve the Type 23 platform until it is replaced by the Type 26 frigate.

July 8, 2014

Thales Defense & Security Incorporated, Clarksburg, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $13,437,584 firm-fixed-price contract for purchase of sonar transducers. This is a three-year base contract with no option periods. Using military service is Navy. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia (SPRPA1-14-C-Y048).

May 8, 2014

Thales, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, has appointed Laurent Maury as vice president of the Critical Information Systems and Cybersecurity business line.

April 9, 2014

Thales Defense & Security Inc., Clarksburg, Md., is being awarded a $38,527,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Optimized Top Owl (OTO) Helmet Mounted Sight and Display (HMSD) Sustainment Capability services for the H-1 Aircraft program. This contract includes the facility, labor, materials, parts, test and tooling equipment required for the OTO repair capabilities transition plan from Bordeaux, France to the United States. In addition, this contract includes all maintenance, support activities, repairs, calibrations and technical data required to return the OTO HMSD associated items to a ready for issue condition.

February 10, 2014

Thales has signed a five-year contract with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence to provide support for the Sonar 2050 anti-submarine sensor used on the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate fleet. Sonar 2050 is a medium-range bow sonar currently fitted to thirteen Type 23 frigates and is the Royal Navy’s primary hull-mounted anti- submarine warfare sensor. It also provides the ship with passive detection capabilities at lower frequencies. Thales will provide physical support of Sonar 2050 for operational defect rectifications, a worldwide 24/7 helpdesk support service, dry dock and afloat support, and test equipment and handling.

April 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

The French defence procurement agency has awarded Thales, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, a contract to study long-term evolution (LTE) technology standards for mobile telephony. The 10-month technical and operational study will identify the potential capability gains of commercial LTE technology for French land, air and naval forces on domestic and expeditionary operations in collaboration with security forces.


Thales Communications Incorporated, Clarksburg, Maryland, has appointed Todd Borkey chief technology officer and vice president of strategic initiatives.


Jean-Bernard Lévy has been named chairman and chief executive officer of Thales, Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex. France.

July 25, 2012
By George Seffers

Thales Communications Incorporated, Clarksburg, Maryland, was issued a contract modification with a maximum $40,000,500 for radio system components. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is federal civilian agencies. The Defense Logistics Agency Land, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

June 28, 2012
By George Seffers

The French defense procurement agency (DGA) has recently notified Thales of the award of the development contract for the CONTACT program. This program is designed to equip the majority of the French forces' platforms with next-generation tactical radios incorporating innovative software-defined radio technology. Six European nations-Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden-launched the ESSOR project (European Secure Software defined Radio) in 2009. ESSOR aims to establish a baseline standard for development and production of military software-defined radios in Europe.

June 20, 2012
By George Seffers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Thales Communications Incorporated, of Clarksburg, Maryland, a contract to provide public safety and tactical communications products to DHS under its new Tactical Communications (TacCom) program. Through this multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) program, DHS will quickly procure vital tactical radio equipment and other products and services. The agency will use the equipment to support reliable and interoperable public safety communications for its missions to keep the homeland safe, including border protection, customs enforcement, drug interdiction, and emergency response to natural and man-made disasters.