„There are many opportunities to use our technology in Argentina” (Part I)

Thales has contributed to the development of Argentina’s defense infrastructure by providing ground-based radars, coastal radars, communication systems and equipment for the Navy, and has significantly improved the detection and response capabilities of the Argentine Armed Forces.

One of the most notable projects Policeman 200A communication system has been established Learjet 35A, which provides advanced aerial surveillance capabilities. Given the growth in defense requirements and the relevance of the technology to national security, Thales’ portfolio is very attractive.

The French company is a world leader in high technology and provides solutions, services and products that help its customers in the defense, aeronautics, space, transport and digital identity and security markets. It has a global presence in 68 countries with over 81,000 employees. We have a very large presence in Latin America for over 55 years, with 9 offices and 5 manufacturing plants.

Interviewed by Infodefense.com Louis MonginiResponsible for business development of the company Thales In Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. On this occasion, Mongini reviewed the portfolio of products and services deemed most relevant to Argentina.

(*Due to its length Infodefense.com will present this interview in two parts. Here is the first part.)

How is Thales’ presence in Argentina and the region?

For Thales, Argentina is part of the Southern Cone region. We have offices in Chile and Argentina. We have been in the Chilean market for 55 years and in the Argentine market for 30 years. In Argentina, more than 55 employees work in all divisions of the company. We operate in several sectors: aerospace, defense and security, and identity and digital security. All of these categories have evolved over the years in Argentina.

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What does Argentina have to do with the defense sector?

Thales has worked with the armed forces since the beginning of its operations in Argentina, cooperating with all three forces. Over the years, we have undertaken various projects including providing land-based radars, coastal radars, communication systems and equipment for the entire naval fleet. A highlight this time is the signing of a contract with the Air Force in 2023.

Where did you seal this deal?

In 2014 we supplied the Air Force with an electronic combat detection system Policeman 200It is established in a Learjet 35A. Last year, the Air Force decided to launch an international tender to increase the operational capacity of the system. The process includes adding a support station to process sensor data and some training stations, which is critical for training new recruits and ensuring continuity of knowledge within the force. Spare parts are also included to extend the life of the project. This contract is a clear indication of our long-standing relationship with the Air Force and their confidence in us, as they have decided to dedicate a portion of their budget to maintaining and developing the system.

Any other plans with the Air Force?

The closed deal I mentioned is the one we can highlight right now, but there are many more opportunities. In aircraft acquisition projects, for example, Thales can collaborate with sensing, avionics and communications systems. We are always attentive and ready to cooperate with any needs that may arise. As for other powers, our participation depends on their modernization and equipment plans, but we are ready to do what they need.

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How can Thales meet Argentina’s security needs?

In addition to the program I mentioned with the Air Force, the country has many continuing needs in the defense sector in technology-based areas. For example, to combat illegal fishing for border control or monitoring maritime space, having advanced surveillance and detection systems is critical. In that respect, Thales’ portfolio is a perfect fit. It includes sensing technologies such as land and coastal radar systems, aircraft equipment, optronics sensors and the full satellite segment. For the maritime sector, satellite imagery plays an important role in detecting illegal vessels. There are many opportunities to use our technology in various projects, which will help address some of the safety and security needs that the country is currently facing.

How is your connection with local companies?

In terms of development with local companies, Thales’ strategy is to identify appropriate actors depending on the type of projects we want to develop or have in mind for our clients. We consider it very important to bring new technologies to the country and promote knowledge development at the local level. Our aim is to partner with specific projects that we believe will have continuity over time. This can contribute to both technological innovation and in-country experience and talent development.

How they consider andIs he the new realignment of Argentine politics?

Thales has always been close to the armed forces and has been accompanying them in their restructuring and modernization programmes. The extent to which we can support you will depend on your decisions, priorities and timing, but we are committed to being with you in this process.

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CONTINUES TOMORROW: Luis Mongini (Thales): „Cyber ​​Security Needs Growing Fast in Argentina” (Part II)

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