With a 50-year history in the region, Thales employs close to 650 people across Latin America. The team addresses the needs of the Defence, Security, Aerospace, Space and Transportation markets. Thales has operations in all Latin America and has offices in 9 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela). In Brazil, Thales has a radar manufacturing facility, a Sonar Excellence Center and a Space Technology Centre. Thales also runs two Integration Centers for Transportation (Brazil and Mexico), a Security hub in Mexico and an In-Flight Entertainment Service Center in Chile.

Thales has been expanding its operations permanently and has strengthened its presence in the region through a number of significant local partnerships. The Group’s strategy is to establish local partnerships, develop operational partnerships in R&D with regional players and transfer technologies to the countries.

Local cooperation

In 2015, Thales opened a Space Technology Centre in Brazil for the development of technology partnerships with Brazilian companies in the space sector. Brazil’s Geostationary Satellite for Defence and Communications was developed by Thales Alenia Space and has promoted a complete program of training and transfer of technology including the creation of a Space Academy in the country.
In Mexico, Thales has developed a key academic partnership with the IPN University (Instituto Politécnico Nacional) for the development of transportation solutions. Thales has also extended its partnership with other private and public universities such as the TEC de Monterrey and CONALEP and is continuously looking to forge collaborative relationships within the aerospace and space segments.
In Bolivia, the Tiwanaku Project is sponsored by Thales and aims to contribute with the local preservation of the archaeological site, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre since 2000. In a partnership with the Bolivian Government, the project consists in revitalization and conservation, including several steps such as the implementation of improvements for the site visitors, signaling and information regarding archaeological materials, as well as the creation of a museum with international visibility, bringing together the collections currently located elsewhere.

Socially Responsible

Thales, though its Foundation, is supporting a project in Mexico with Start Up México that aims at teaching innovation and entrepreneurship to teenagers. The project’s objective is to boost school performance and help secondary school students from underprivileged areas of Mexico City develop self-esteem and skills that will last for a lifetime.

Key figures

50 years
of presence
Headquarter in
São Paulo


  • Space in Latin America
    In Latin America Thales Alenia Space is willing to help space industry and support agencies growing their activities.
  • Transportation in Latin America
    Thales supports the rail infrastructure in Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Panama and Venezuela.
  • Defence in Latin America
    Thales communications, optronics and electronic warfare technologies have been selected for service on multiple military platforms to include submarines, frigates and fighter jets for various armed forces across Latin America.
  • Aerospace in Latin America
    Thales has confirmed its strong leadership in Latin America by delivering over 150 radars and 25 Air Traffic Control Centres.
  • Security in Latin America
    Thales is responsible for delivering technologies to Mexico City’s Ciudad Segura project, the world’s most ambitious urban security project, and participates in various programs to protect critical infrastructure across the region.