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  • Thales is expanding its UTM portfolio and is partnering with Drone XTR to provide customers with state-of-the-art, scalable and agile solutions tailored to their needs
  • This solution will be able to detect drones’ intrusions, transmit the information in order to alert security services to proceed to the neutralization of the threat and record the proof to fine infringers.
  • Drone XTR is a French company which has been developing for 10 years a knowledge of excellence in the field of drone detection and airspace management



Thales, a global leader in air mobility high technology and air traffic management, and Drone XTR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide an integrated solution for drone detection.

Nearly 2,500,000 drones have been registered in France in 2021. The proliferation of drones in the airspace raises security challenges to prevent accidents or even malicious acts from occurring.  As one of the top three countries in the world in terms of drone solutions, France relies on a highly experienced ecosystem to secure the growing airspace. As part of this effort, Thales is partnering with Drone XTR to address emerging needs and offer the best possible solution to the customer in terms of airspace detection and management.

As a major industrial company, Thales is collaborating with a French start-up Drone XTR to provide customers with a state-of-the-art, scalable and agile solution. Drone XTR is a French company, which has been developing for 10 years a know-how of excellence in the field of UAVs using electronic signal detection, thus enabling the detection of most signal-emitting UAVs. Coupled with the TopSky – UAS solution from Thales, this offer allows users to discriminate between authorized and unauthorized flights but also locate the pilot if needed.

Thales and Drone XTR are committed to safely increasing the number of authorized drone operations in controlled and uncontrolled airspace.

This partnership will combine the expertise and experience of Thales and Drone XTR in drone detection to meet market expectations for robust and rapidly deployable solutions to combat the threat of malicious drones targeting critical infrastructure in France (nuclear power plants, ports, refineries, etc.). This solution will be capable of detecting drone intrusions, transmitting information (digital evidence and the position of the pilot) in order to alert the relevant authorities to neutralize the threat.  As part of this agreement, Thales and Drone XTR will also work together to pursue commercial opportunities in the field of UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) and surveillance.

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global high technology leader investing in digital and deep-tech innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum computing – to build a future we can all trust, which is vital to the development of our societies. The company provides solutions, services and products that help its customers – businesses, organisations and states – in the defence, aeronautics, space, transportation and digital identity and security markets to fulfil their critical missions, by placing humans at the heart of the decision-making process.

Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2021 the Group generated sales of €16,2 billion.


About Drone XTR

Protect your airspace from drones

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Thales, Media Relations
Head of Aeronautics and Defence
Alice Pruvot
+33 7 70 27 11 37

Thales, Media Relations
Civil Aerospace
Chrystelle Dugimont
+33 6 25 15 72 93


Drone XTR, Sales Manager
Marin David

02 77 67 02 11