Storm clouds gather over French ISR
New French intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft are a key component of the next military appropriations bill. But building them is proving to be fraught with problems. [...]
Thales is a defense electronics company in aerospace and defense industries. It came into being with the merger of Alcatel, Dassault Electronic and Thomson CSF and inherited the latter company’s naval activity, which it has developed in recent years. Thales now operates in 50 countries and has become a leading player in the defense industry.
After having run into all sorts of problems since it struck up a major agreement with the electronics group in 2008, the French Ministry of Justice is to take judge-sanctioned communications interception back in-house in 2019 according to Intelligence Online's sources. [...]
Thierry Orosco, the former commander of France's GIGN elite intervention unit, is an advisor to Somod, the Qatari cybersecurity organisation that recently signed a partnership with Thales, one of whose subsidiaries Orosco also advises. [...]