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Thales CEO Patrice Caine

Thales HQ: Tour Carpe Diem, 31 Place des Corolles - CS 20001, 92098 Paris La Defense Cedex

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Thales defence revenue in 2019 was $9.251 billion, making the French defense giant the 8th largest defence contractor in the world at the time. Thales has with branches operating in 37 nations.

Thales has numerous lucrative contracts with the Indonesian military establishment, especially in naval and air attack systems. Thales has been the 'appointed supplier' of combat systems for all warships in service with the Indonesian Navy for 40 years. Thales also supplies surveillance radars, missiles, 'mobile weapon systems' and 'Lightweight Multiple Launchers' to the the navy and airforce.

From Thales' website:

Thales has a leading position in the naval defence segment, having been the appointed supplier of combat systems for all warships in service with the Indonesian Navy for close to 40 years. Thales has supplied and integrated the naval combat electronics for four Sigma-class corvettes and is also the supplier and integrator of the navel mission systems for the current Indonesian PKR Frigate program.

In maritime surveillance and patrol, Thales was selected by the Indonesian Air Force and Navy to supply its integrated Amascos systems for CN-235 and NC-212 aircraft.

Thales is an established supplier to the Indonesian Army for comint systems and thermal cameras.

In November 2013, Thales signed a contract for the delivery and installation of a full mission systems suite for the two PKR class vessels under construction by the Dutch shipyard Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for the Indonesian Navy.

Thales has a strong position in air defence and has long been the appointed supplier of surveillance radars to the Indonesian Air Force.

In January 2014, Thales signed a contract with the Indonesian Ministry of Defence for ForceSHIELD, Thales’s integrated Advanced Air Defence system. In addition to the supply of STARStreak short-range air defence missiles, the system comprises CONTROLMaster200 radar and weapon coordination systems, RAPIDRanger mobile weapon systems and Lightweight Multiple Launchers (LML), as well as associated communications, training and support equipment.

In June 2016, a first Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Thales and local Indonesian partners, PT LEN and PT Pindad, to jointly design an Indonesian military vehicle mission system aimed at reinforcing the operational capabilities of armoured vehicles for the Indonesian armed forces. Thales is also collaborating closely with PT Pindad as they develop Indonesia’s first Mine-Resistant Armoured Vehicle, known as Sanca, based on the Thales Bushmaster design.

Thales' Australian branch has exported weaponised vehicles, the Bushmasters, for use by Kopassus, and in 2016 signed a contract with Indonesian weapons manufacturer PT Pindad to develop an Indonesian-made version of the weapon, known as the Sanca. In 2021 Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton donated a further 15 Bushmaster weaponised vehicles to Indonesian special forces Kopassus.

Thales weapons have been positively identified in West Papua. In particular, a number of Thales missiles were discovered in mountain villages after helicopter raids on the region in 2020.




Ogimba, West Papua, January 2020

Several West Papuan villages were subjected to bombardment with FZ68 rockets during helicopter raids during January, February and March 2020. The child pictured below is in the village of Ogimba, and is holding an unexploded Thales 'rocket'.

These weapons are manufactured by Thales Belgium SA, formerly Forges de Zeebrugge - FZ, a 100% affiliate of the French multinational Thales Group.  Thales Belgium claim to be world leaders in the field of 70mm air-to-ground rocket systems.

Banti, West Papua, 18-20 March 2020

Wreckage of Thales FZ68 rockets was recovered after helicopter attacks on the village of Banti, West Papua, 18-20 March 2020.

Force Shield Air Defence


Thales sold their Force Shield Air Defence System to Indonesia's Ministry of Defence in 2014. The VAMTAC weaponised vehicles pictured are Spanish-made, by the company URO, however Thales was the prime contractor in the deal, due to the vehicles being fitted with Thales Rapid Ranger launcher and Starstreak air defence missiles. Pictured below are the VAMTAC with the Thales missile launcher on display at an arms fair, and the delivery of 20 of the weapons by Thales to the Indonesian Defence Force in 2016. 







Thales has sold Star Shield and GroundMaster radar systems to the Indonesian airforce, with a further contract to develop aerial suyreillance signed with Indonesian comapny PT Len in 2022