The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has contracted an Airbus Defence and Space-led consortium to supply an active digital map for the French Armed Forces.

The consortium also comprises Magellium, Météo France International, Bertin and Deloitte.

Under the ten-year SYSENV contract, Airbus Defence and Space and its four partners will produce SI GEODE4D information system that will provide the armed forces with an interoperable, coherent and shared vision of the geophysical environment.

Magellium is responsible for geography, Météo France International for meteorology, hydrography and oceanography, Bertin for the tool providing decision-making aids and Deloitte for change management.

The system, which is an essential component of the ‘GEODE4D’ programme, will allow all Ministry of Defence actors to access and share the same geophysical environment data and select and present them in a coherent way, Airbus stated.

“This programme shows the confidence of the DGA in Airbus and its partners for the construction of this information system for the French Armed Forces.”

Airbus Defence and Space Intelligence Business Cluster head François Lombard said: “This programme shows the confidence of the DGA in Airbus and its partners for the construction of this information system for the French Armed Forces.

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“One of the major challenges for the ‘SI GEODE4D’, which can truly be qualified as the active digital map of the 21st century, is also to assist our armed forces with their digital transformation.”

The SI GEODE4D system supports information and intelligence management for early threat detection and identification.

Providing an appropriate response to these varied and constantly changing threats, an accurate understanding of the geophysical environment is crucial for deployed forces, according to the company.

The contract also covers the refurbishment of the geographical and meteorological-oceanographic data production centres in Creil, Haguenau and Toulouse, France.