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Formerly known as Thomson-CSF

Thales, formerly known as Thomson-CSF 1 , 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 STK (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. 2

  1. The name was changed to Thales in December 2000, shortly after the acquisition of Racal Electronic Plc.
  2. This is effectively the former STK.

Thales devices on this website
(OEM Product) Telsy Cryptophone 7000
TCE-300, bulk encryption system
TCE-500, secrure crypto telephone
Philips/HSA SPIDER VHF/FM tactical manpack radio
Thales PRM-5120 Cougar covert radio with voice encryption
Thales TCE-621/B link encryptor
Thales TCE-621/M Mobile IP encryptor
Message Exchange Device (MED)
Video-Over-Radio system (Racal/Thales)
KL/GRA-3686 radio remote control set
Examples of companies that have been taken over by Thales:

  1. Thomson-CSF, Company brochure
    1991. Retrieved June 2013. 16 pages.

  2. Panther EDR, VHF Tactical Communications System, brochure
    Full-colour brochure of (former) Racal radio equipment, 12 pages.
    Thales Defence Ltd., Bracknell (UK), January 2004.

  3. Hugo Ryvik, On a Secret Mission, 50 years of Norwegian cryptology
    2005. Thales internal publication. Limited edition.

  4. Thales in Switzerland, Company Profile
    Date unknown.
  1. Wikipedia, Thales Group
    Retrieved January 2019.

  2. Wikipedia, Thomson-CSF
    Retrieved January 2019.

  3. Thales, Europäische Neuordnung
    Retrieved August 2022.
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