Thales has signed a preferred partnership deal with Microsoft for the development of a defence Cloud solution for military use.
The solution will be co-developed by the companies based on the Microsoft Azure Stack platform, which is a service-oriented and flexible hybrid Cloud environment.
The new modular solution will help enable the digital transformation of armed forces both in the national command centre and on individual operations, and will allow them to secure sensitive data inside their own infrastructure.
Thales research and technology executive vice-president Philippe Keryer said: “We are glad to reinforce our strong relationship with Microsoft through this new venture.
“Together, we will shape this new technological construct perfectly suited to support the evolving security needs of modern armed forces as they accelerate their digital transformation.”
Under the preferred partnership, Thales and Microsoft will be the first to jointly provide a complementary solution adapted to the armed forces’ various requirements without affecting security.
Under the project, the Microsoft Azure Stack platform will be integrated with Thales’ connectivity, as well as end-to-end cybersecurity and encryption solutions.
This will help manage the most sensitive data, either while it is hosted at the headquarters of the ministry of defences (MoDs) or when deployed in the field.
The new defence Cloud system is intended to help ensure the security of all sensitive data classified by the armed forces, while improving interoperability and operational excellence.
As a field integrator, Thales will provide each system with a level of autonomy and make it capable of functioning ‘offline’ in case of a connection loss due to conditions on the ground.
In addition, the system will be portable, ruggedised and hardened to ensure resilience when deployed during operations.