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EADS selected by DGA for definition study in preparation for the French Ministry of Defence`s future telecommunications system

  • Future mainland telecommunications system for French Ministry of Defence now in preparation phase
  • EADS prime contractor in consortium tasked with defining the technical, organizational, contractual and financial aspects

Paris, 20 March 2007

EADS Defence & Security (DS) announced today that it has been selected by the French armaments directorate (DGA) to carry out preparatory work for the development of an operational system consisting of army networks for latest-generation telecommunications, entitled SOCRATE NG (Système Opérationnel Composé des Réseaux des Armées pour les TElécommunications Nouvelle Génération).

Within the scope of this € 2 million study contract for its Defence and Communications Systems (DCS) Business Unit, DS is the prime contractor of a consortium which brings together T-Systems France (a subsidiary of the Enterprise Services arm of the Deutsche Telekom Group), TDF, Bull, CS, Silicom and EADS Apsys, an expert and consulting company within DS. The aim of this study is to define the future infrastructure of a mainland telecommunications system for the French Ministry of Defence as well as the associated administration/management support organization. Being the first stage of a structuring programme within the Ministry of Defence, the study has the task of defining the technical, financial, legal and contractual conditions that will enable an optimized service to be offered to the Ministry of Defence so as to perfectly meet its strategic and operational goals. The study is planned to be finalized with the submission of a technical and financial proposal relating to the design, realization, deployment and support of such a telecommunications system in early 2008.

This new telecommunications setup, for which the first entries into service are planned for 2010 at the latest, aims at serving the three branches of the armed forces as a minimum stage and ensuring their transition to a combined and lasting system offering a reliable and powerful high-speed end-to-end secure service. It will also promote the exchange of information by allowing connection to interlinked networks (inter-ministerial or multinational), whether in times of peace, of crisis or of war. Finally, by pooling the technical knowhow at ministerial level, it will provide an optimized utilization of all the resources currently used in the different institutions.

It is an important goal for the Ministry of Defence to enable France to fulfil its role as a state-of-the-art leading nation at strategic level by ensuring the exchange and routing of critical information which is required by all information systems in order to be capable of conducting operations at the ministerial, national and joint levels.

The strong involvement of EADS in the SOCRATE NG operation is in line with the actions already taken for the French Ministry of Defence in the area of military telecommunications, notably the provision of several armed forces telecommunications systems, including the French Army's telecommunications network (MTGT), the French Navy's voice and data network (RVDM) and several infrastructure networks for the French Armed Forces General Staff.

Defence and Communications Systems, the EADS Systems House, is an integrated Business Unit of the EADS Defence & Security Division (DS). DS is a systems solutions provider combining military air systems, missile systems, communications and intelligence systems, global security solutions as well as sensor and avionics systems into a single effective network. In 2006, DS – with its around 23,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.9 billion.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006, EADS generated revenues of € 39.4 billion and employs a workforce of about 116,800.

Brigitte Faure
EADS Defence and Communications Systems
Tel.: +33 (1) 6138 5329

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