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Below are the most common questions we receive about Thales Defense & Security, Inc. (TDSI), and responses to those questions. Contact us if you have questions or would like more information about TDSI.

How long has Thales Defense & Security, Inc. been in existence?

Thales Defense & Security, Inc. was incorporated as Racal Communications, Inc. in 1964. In 2000, Racal became part of Thomson-CSF, and, in 2001, as part of a global change, the company’s name became Thales Communications, Inc. As a result of acquisitions and intra-Thales mergers, the company expanded in 2013, increasing its technology base and product portfolio. In October 2013, the company changed its name to Thales Defense & Security, Inc.

What is the significance of the “proxy” company status?

TDSI operates in accordance with a Proxy Agreement approved by the US Government, established to mitigate concerns associated with Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI). To mitigate potential FOCI, Thales Defense & Security, Inc., in concert with the DoD’s Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), has agreed to a comprehensive series of controls and requirements set forth by the Proxy Agreement (the highest-level FOCI mitigation instrument), subject to oversight by the Government Security Committee (GSC) to ensure independent TDSI management. As such, TDSI is approved to work on the full spectrum of US Government classified and unclassified programs without restriction, and is positioned to support strategic partnerships in the development of key technologies for the defense market. Thales’ Proxy Agreement has been active since 1986, initially as Racal Communications, Inc., making it one of the longest-standing proxy agreements in the US National Industrial Security Program (NISP).

Is Thales Defense & Security, Inc. on the GSA Schedule?

Yes, Federal Supply Schedule (GSA Schedule) Contract No. 47QTCA21D0012

How do I access more technical information and firmware downloads?

Please visit our Technical Resource area to create a user account for that area, and request access for the appropriate product range. Customer Support staff will review your request and communicate your approval/access.

How do I return equipment that needs repair?

Please follow this link, which explains the Equipment Return And Repair Process.
If you are In-Theater then please contact the closest Thales In-Theater Support depot, Thales In-Theater Support POCs

Why join our team?

Thales Defense & Security, Inc. has earned the loyalty of our employees by providing a corporate culture fostered by excellence, respect, recognition, and continuous improvement. The foundation for our culture is the steadfast belief that we can achieve success for ourselves and our customers without compromising our commitment to integrity. Lives depend on what we do.

How can I learn more about TDSI employment opportunities?

To learn more about employment with Thales Defense & Security, Inc., please visit our careers page, or contact us at

What has Thales Defense & Security, Inc. done for the community?

Giving back to the community is a corporate social responsibility and a privilege. Through monetary donations, community outreach, and other charitable activities, Thales Defense & Security, Inc. supported the following organizations and events:

  • Teen Parent Connection
  • One Heart for Women and Children
  • National MS Society Walk
  • Warrior Canine Connection
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Tour de Frederick, LLC

See our Corporate Responsibility page.