Thales: acquisition of XPI Simulation Ltd

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Thales strengthens training and simulation capability through acquisition of 

                                 XPI Simulation Ltd

Crawley, UK, 7th November 2013 - Thales today announced that it has acquired 
XPI Simulation Ltd, one of the UK's most innovative developers of driving 
simulation technology.

XPI Simulation is a pioneer in using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions
to build and deliver high-fidelity simulated environments. The company
specialises in innovative techniques for processing LIDAR(1) data, a technology
which maps physical environments in ultra-fine detail using a range of light
frequencies, and ray tracing, which generates highlyrealistic images by tracing
the path of light and simulating its interaction with virtual objects.

XPI designs and manufactures a range of simulator-based driver training systems
- from desktop solutions to full-scale converted vehicles - for customers that
include the UK's Ministry of Defence (MOD), British police forces, advanced
driver training providers, Transport for London's road safety programmes, and
Formula 1TM teams. In May 2012, XPI Simulation was awarded a significant
contract to provide a high fidelity armoured vehicle driving simulator for the
MOD's Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

The acquisition strengthens Thales's position as a global training and
simulation provider within the land market.

Thales is a major supplier of synthetic training to the UK MOD and provides a
range of solutions, from PC-based desktop trainers to designing, building,
financing and operating training services for front line personnel.

Simon Skinner, Managing Director of XPI Simulation Ltd., says: "XPI is
determined to remain at the forefront of the simulation industry. We recognise
that research and development is our most valuable investment to ensure
continuity of products in the market and to pioneer new solutions.

"This agreement with Thales will give us more opportunity for future growth,
more investment to continue developing innovative, market-leading products, as
well as giving us access to other markets in which Thales is present, both in
the UK and overseas."

Peter Hitchcock, Vice President at Thales UK, said: "XPI and Thales are an
excellent fit for each other. The technology developed by XPI, which crucially
can be delivered through COTS equipment, complements Thales's own portfolio.

(1) LIDAR: Light Detection And Ranging

"Thales and XPI will jointly benefit from our combined longstanding
relationships and commitment to customers in the UK MOD and other sectors,
particularly in support of our ambitions within the military land training and
simulation market."

Notes to Editors

* Thales has over 80 years' experience in training and simulation, and is a
  strategic training partner to the UK Ministry of Defence, providing 
  innovative industry-leading training services and capabilities on projects
  such as A400M, Voyager, Tornado, Lynx, and Sea King, as well as submarine 
  simulators for the Trafalgar and Vanguard-class nuclear submarine fleets.
* The company recently celebrated 10 years of simulator and training services
  for the Tornado fleet based at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Marham.
* Ray tracing is capable of simulating a wide variety of optical effects, such
  as reflection and refraction, scattering, and dispersion phenomena (such as
  chromatic aberration).
* The high-fidelity of ray tracing usually requires very high computational
  power; XPI has developed technology to deliver ray tracing in real time using
  COTS equipment.
* LIDAR is a remote sensing technology using ultraviolet, visible or near
  infrared light to map the physical features of a wide range of objects,
  including vehicles, rocks and even clouds to a very high resolution.

About Thales and Thales UK

Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and
Defence & Security markets. In 2012, the company generated revenues of EUR14.2
billion (equivalent to £11.5 billion) with 65,000 employees in 56 countries.
With its 25,000 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 and local

Thales UK employs 7,500 staff based at 35 locations. In 2012 Thales UK's
revenues were around £1.3 billion.

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