DGA selects Thales to upgrade French MoD’s telecom networks

3 April 2016 (Last Updated April 3rd, 2016 18:30)

Thales has secured a contract from the French Defence Procurement and Technology Agency (DGA) to upgrade the French Ministry of Defence's (DoD) telecom networks.

French telecom network

Thales has secured a contract from the French Defence Procurement and Technology Agency (DGA) to upgrade the French Ministry of Defence's (DoD) telecom networks.

Awarded under the Descartes programme, the contract includes enhancements for the Socrate resilient network and installation of the Poincare secure interconnection architecture.

The company will upgrade Socrate by providing a highly resilient and scalable high-data-rate network.

Thales Secure Communication and Information Systems executive vice-president Marc Darmon said: "This upgrade of the french MoD's telecommunication networks is a perfect illustration of Thales's expertise in technological innovation and ability to deploy a resilient network with the highest levels of performance and security."

The company will incorporate the Nexium View solution, which is designed to ensure continuity of the French military's most important operational missions, such as nuclear deterrence, and the country's permanent air security presence.

"This upgrade of the french MoD's telecommunication networks is a perfect illustration of Thales's expertise in technological innovation."

Nexium View will facilitate the MoD's IT and communications agency (DIRISI) to supervise all aspects of the network.

The improved network will comprise 270 routers across 10,000km, and cover approximately 250,000 users at more than 100 strategic sites.

Deliveries under the Socrate upgrade contract are expected to commence in 2017 and continue through 2021.

The company will also provide support services connecting the MoD's 1,200 sites in mainland France and overseas in partnership with NextiraOne under the Poincare contract.

The Poincare network is scheduled for completion by 2018.


Image: The contract includes provision for the upgrade of the Socrate resilient network and rollout of the Poincare secure interconnection architecture. Photo: 2016 Thales Group.