Thales is a world leader delivering mission critical systems to the defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales's leading-edge technology is supported by 22,000 R&D; engineers who offer a capability unmatched in Europe to research, develop and deploy field-proven mission-critical information systems. To this end, the group's civil and military businesses develop in parallel and share a common base of technologies to serve a single objective: the security of people, infrastructure and nations. The group builds its growth on its unique multi-domestic strategy based on trusted partnerships with national customers and market players, while leveraging its global expertise to support local technology and industrial development. Thales employs 68,000 people in 50 countries (9,000 in the UK) with 2007 revenues of ?12.3 billion.