Thales has acquired 100 percent of the capital of Omnisys, a Brazilian company headquartered in São Bernardo do Campo, near São Paulo. The company has been majority-owned by Thales since 2005 and already designs, develops and manufactures long-range L-Band radars under a successful industrial cooperation agreement, producing more than 26 TRAC L-band radars since 2008.
The Brazilian company serves key market segments including air traffic control radars, weather forecasting radars, weapon locating radars, electronic warfare and naval missile systems, and is progressively expanding its activities into other sectors. In March 2011, Thales announced its decision to manufacture the Ground Master 400 (GM 400) air defence radars in São Bernardo, bringing the Brazilian company access to the world's most advanced and complex radar technologies.
"Brazil is strategically important for Thales. We are proud that Omnisys, as the industrial arm of Thales in Brazil, is already part of our network of R&D centres of excellence and is assuming a key role in the development of the entire Group," said Laurent Mourre, Thales Country Director for Brazil.
Established in 1997, Omnisys was the first Brazilian electronic engineering company to supply high-tech solutions for civil, military and space applications not only to the Brazilian market but also to other countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia.
"Omnisys is already part of the Thales global supply chain. The company will manage transfers of technology for the major programmes that are due to be launched in Brazil in the coming years. Our strategy of transferring technology, establishing a local industrial base and involving local partners in R&D is fully aligned with the Brazilian government's investment policy," added Mourre.