Airbus Defence and Space has received a contract from the French defence procurement agency (DGA) to improve interoperability of intelligence systems.

Under the contract, the company will be responsible for the industrialisation, deployment and support of the system for optimising the use of sensors (DOPEC) and coalition shared data (CSD) systems.

The contract has been awarded as part of the French Armed Forces’ information system (SIA) programme.

Developed after five years of work carried out within the framework of NATO, the mature software is expected to pave the way for intelligence sharing among coalition forces.

The ability to share information is necessary for coalition forces to conduct joint missions.

"The contract has been awarded as part of the French Armed Forces’ information system (SIA) programme."

Designed to optimise the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance chain both tactically and strategically, DOPEC facilitates establishment of a political or command sequence that defines actions for the sensor, unmanned aerial vehicle, observation satellite, mission aircraft, device that acts as a connected binocular, and each person that plays a role in the intelligence operation down to the ground level.

The intelligence data comprising images, videos, communications and the information gathered in the field or from the internet, is collected, exploited and distributed to the needy, including the decision-maker, who can then view progress of the mission.

An intelligent network of CSD servers is required for the exchange of such large volumes of information.

The servers allows for synchronisation of databases within an armed or coalition force or intelligence service, both in the theatre of operations and in mainland France.

Currently in the process of being deployed within the French forces, the servers are expected to help the command in Paris to view live images from the theatres of operations and to replay them where necessary.

Image: DOPEC and CSD systems optimise data exchange between coalition forces. Photo: © Airbus DS.