Thales Nederland
Thales Nederland B.V. is a subsidiary
A subsidiary company, subsidiary, or daughter company is a company that is completely or partly owned and wholly controlled by another company that owns more than half of the subsidiary's stock. The subsidiary can be a company, corporation, or limited liability company. In some cases it is a...

 of Thales Group
Thales Group
The Thales Group is a French electronics company delivering information systems and services for the aerospace, defense, transportation and security markets...

 involved primarily in naval
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 defence system
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s (sensor
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s, radar
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s and infrared
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 systems). Other areas of business
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 include air defence, communication
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s, optronics, cryogenic
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 systems and navigation
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The company was founded in 1922 as Fabriek van Signaalapparaten for the development of naval systems.

In 1940 the company's factory was captured by the invading German Army
German Army
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. After the war the company was nationalised
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 as N.V. Hollandsche Signaalapparaten (Signaal).

In 1956 the majority of Signaal shares were purchased by Philips
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, the Netherlands based electronics company. Between 1956 and the end of the Cold War
Cold War
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 Signaal's business expanded to the point where it had customers in 35 countries and over 5,000 employees.

In 1990 Philips decided defence was not a core activity and sold Signaal to Thomson-CSF
Thomson-CSF was a major electronics and defence contractor. In December 2000 it was renamed Thales Group.-History:In 1879 Elihu Thomson and Edwin Houston formed the Thomson-Houston Electric Company in the United States....

, the French electronics and defence contractor. Signaal became Thomson-CSF Signaal. With the renaming of Thomson to Thales in 2000 Thomson-CSF Signaal became Thales Nederland.

Products: Sensors

  • APAR (Active Phased Array Radar
    Active Phased Array Radar
    APAR is a shipborne multifunction radar developed and manufactured by Thales Nederland. It is the first Active Electronically Scanned Array MFR employed on an operational warship.-Characteristics:...

    ) multi-function radar
    SMART-L is a naval long-range search radar from Thales Nederland, formerly Hollandse Signaalapparaten ....

     long range air surveillance radar
  • S1850M
    The S1850M is a long range radar for wide area search. The S1850M is produced by BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies and Thales. It is a modified version of the Thales Nederland SMART-L radar. The S1850M is advertised as being capable of fully automatic detection, track initiation and...

  • SMART-S search radar (current version is SMART-S Mk2)
  • DA08 radar
    Radar is an object-detection system which uses radio waves to determine the range, altitude, direction, or speed of objects. It can be used to detect aircraft, ships, spacecraft, guided missiles, motor vehicles, weather formations, and terrain. The radar dish or antenna transmits pulses of radio...

  • LW08 radar
  • MW08
    Thales Naval Nederland MW08 is a G-band 3D target indication radar, part of the 3D multibeam 'SMART' family which includes E/F band SMART-S/SMART-S Mk2 and D band SMART-L.MW08 transmits six 2 by 12 degree stacked beams up to 70 degrees for height finding and is capable of fully...

  • VARIANT 2D air and surface search radar
  • SCOUT low probability of intercept surface search radar
  • STIR fire control system with fire control
    Fire-control radar
    A fire-control radar is a radar which is designed specifically to provide information to a fire-control system in order to calculate a firing solution...

     and illumination radar (current version is STIR-IK Mk2)
  • STING EO fire control system with fire control radar and electro-optical director
  • SIRIUS infra-red search, track and surveillance system for anti-shipping missile defense
  • IRSCAN infra-red search, track, and surveillance system (replaced by SIRIUS)
  • LIOD fire control system with electro-optic director
  • LIROD fire control system with fire control radar and electro-optic director
  • Mirador (TEOOS) fire control system with electro-optic director
  • Rapids ESM system

Products: Other

  • Goalkeeper
    Goalkeeper CIWS
    Goalkeeper is a Dutch close-in weapon system introduced in 1979 and in use , which primarily defends ships against incoming missiles and ballistic shells. This system consists of an autocannon and an advanced radar which in typically six seconds detects incoming fire, determines its trajectory,...

  • M8 (TSM 2072) torpedo fire-control system
  • M20 / WM20 / Mk 92 weapon control system and miniature combat systems
  • M40 weapon control system
  • MOC Multi-Operator Consoles
  • SEWACO-FD Command and weapon control system architecture
  • SINBADS / Spectrum Submarine fire-control combat systems
  • SOTAS "Signaal Onboard Two-wire Audio System", a vehicle intercom
    An intercom , talkback or doorphone is a stand-alone voice communications system for use within a building or small collection of buildings, functioning independently of the public telephone network. Intercoms are generally mounted permanently in buildings and vehicles...

  • SmartNet
    Smartnet IBC LTD is a company with a portfolio filled with web sites specialized at helping communities of graphic artists, sculptors and painters from all over the world. The main idea of the project is to focus on the needs of artists for photographical references for creating and texturing 3D...

     Multimedia network for use in vehicles
  • Signaal UA 1137 Night vision device
  • TACTICOS Combat Management System
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