Thales is a global technology leader in the defence, security, aerospace & transport markets. In 2012 the company generated sales of £12.1 bn (€14.2 bn), and has 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners. In the UK Thales employs 8,000 staff based at 35 locations.