Thales, formerly known as Thomson-CSF, is a large multinational organisation
that specializes in technology for aerospace, defence, transportation
and (data) security.
Much of the encryption technology was
acquired through take-overs of
companies like Alcatel in Norway, who in turn inherited it from
(Norway), Philips Usfa in The Netherlands
and Racal in the UK.
The range of encryption devices from STK and Alcatel was continued and
further enhanced by Thales Norway. 1