1968 Merger of the electronics arm of Thomson Brandt with Compagnie Générale de Télégraphie Sans Fil (CSF) to create Thomson-CSF.
1973 Thomson-CSF established a UK branch office
1982 Thomson-CSF was 40 per cent owned by Thomson Brandt when it was nationalized. Shortly afterwards, in 1982, Thomson increased its interest in Thomson-CSF to more than 50 per cent, through purchases of shares from nationalised banks and insurance companies.
1984 Established UK subsidiary company
By 1988 Electronics and Defence Systems represented 92 per cent of the group's revenues.
c.1989 Acquired the larger part of Philips' European defence businesses
1990 Acquired Link-Miles, maker of flight simulators and training provider, from Biocoastal Corporation of the United States; this was added to Thomson-CSF's own simulator activities; formed JV with Ferranti Sonar and another with Aérospatiale on avionics.
Activities included avionics, sonar, weapons and weapon systems, radars, radio communications, information technology, components and tubes, professional television equipment and field and support services.
1996 Formed JV with GEC Marconi Sonar
1999 Acquired the remaining share of Short Missiles
2000 The company changed its name to Thales
Sources of Information
- The Times, January 28, 2003
- Competition Commission 1991