Thales looking at providing cyber security for Indian armed forces

According to The New Indian Express, French Thales Group is aiming at expanding its overall footprint in India in a number of segments, including in areas of cyber security, artificial intelligence and digital solutions.
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Thales Group is planning to focus significantly on addressing requirements of the Indian armed forces for new-age cyber security solutions, artificial intelligence and advanced capabilities in big data analytics, The New Indian Express reports. Chairman and CEO of Thales Group Patrice Caine said the company has been looking at expanding its overall footprint in India, particularly in the areas of emerging technologies that will be crucial for the armed forces: the Indian Army, the Navy and the Indian Air Force have been focusing on acquiring futuristic technologies like nanotechnology, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, swarm drones and robotic technologies to deal with future security challenges.

Caine said: "We are looking at bringing some key pieces of equipment and systems to contribute to raising our level of involvement in sharing defence technologies with India's defence sector in the field of sonar, radars and other platforms, We are totally committed to helping India expand its defence production under the 'Make in India Initiative' by producing equipment either on our own or with our partners".

India is expected to spend close to USD 300 billion in the next five years in procuring defence equipment and almost all major global defence firms are eyeing a slice of it. The Thales Chairman and CEO also indicated that the company is looking at having joint ventures with a number of Indian companies for a range of products and military solutions. Thales is part of the French firms that provided key components for the Rafale jets procured by India.


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