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Successful Cape Verde deployment for Thales SICF command information system

23 November 2006

The exercise was held in June 2006 on four of the ten Cape Verde islands - Santo Antao, Sao Vincente, Sal and Santiago - based on a scenario involving a demonstration of force to protect civilians after a rise in terrorist activity, and a relief operation following a natural disaster.

The main purpose of the Steadfast Jaguar exercise was to demonstrate the capability of the NATO Response Force (NRF) to rapidly deploy more than 7,800 troops to a significant distance from the home base.

The SICF system developed by Thales is designed for land forces command on joint, allied operations, and supports planning, order preparation and distribution, force deployment, command & control, resource optimisation and information exchange. It meets operational requirements in peacetime, crisis and war, provides a multilingual user interface and is suitable for any type of national or multinational organisational model.

Adopted by Eurocorps and the French-German Brigade in 2005, SICF will equip the European rapid response force for operations including command of the NATO Response Force during the second half of 2006 (NRF7) and High Readiness Force Headquarters (HRF-HQ).

SICF also equips the French rapid reaction force (CRR-FR), which will assume NRF11 duties in the second half of 2008 when France is framework nation.

About Thales
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, serving defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide, supported by a comprehensive services offering. The group's civil and military businesses develop in parallel to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. Leveraging a global network of more than 20,000 high-level researchers, Thales offers a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy critical information systems. Thales employs 60,000 people in 50 countries and generated revenues of €10.3 billion in 2005, with a record order book of over €20 billion.

* SICF: Système d'Information pour le Commandement des Forces

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