Defense and aerospace giant Thales is gunning for further growth, following a surge in orders and sales last year. But Dassault Aviation’s reinforced role in the company could force a reformulation of this strategy, or even a change in command. Thales orders totaled more than €14 billion ($18.1 billion) in 2008 and revenues are expected at least to meet the 6% increase targeted at the beginning of last year, says Thales Chairman/CEO Denis Ranque. (Full-year results will not be released ...

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