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The DGA selects Thales for the COMCEPT design contract for the architecture of satellite communication networks

16 June 2010

The DGA (French Defence Procurement Agency) has selected Thales to perform an architectural study and define the ground segments and networks for satellite communications, as a complement to Syracuse: Inmarsat, Telcosat and Athena. This study, known as COMCEPT (“COMplément de Capacités en Elongation, Projection et Théâtre” - Additional Capacities in Elongation, Projection and Theatre), defines the implementation of satellite communications and their use for the armed and security forces.

This contract further consolidates Thales’ position as a leading system architect.

Armed and security forces are today increasingly involved in peacekeeping operations or crisis situations, making it essential for them to be provided with secure and effective communication solutions.

The architecture system developed by Thales as part of the COMCEPT study is an innovative addition to the SYRACUSE III system and aims to provide all of the forces involved in civil or military theatres of operation with reconfigurable, secure and interoperable high bandwidth satellite communications.

“Thales is proud to be selected by the DGA. This choice demonstrates Thales’ ability to meet defence requirements. Our knowledge of civil networks and technologies allows us to reach the best operational, technological and economic compromise”, explained Jean-Michel Lagarde, Director of Thales’s Network and Infrastructure Systems business, Defence and Security C4I systems Division. “It was also Thales’ customer-focused approach in terms of its specific needs and issues that enabled us to win this contract.”

Thales provides the best solutions to meet the needs of the armed forces by building on its perfect knowledge of the networks and the telecommunications market and on its experience in both civil and military areas. Through COMCEPT, Thales is developing a bold and upgradeable space communications network that combines efficiency and user-friendliness:

* A cost-efficient solution based on off-the-shelf products, thereby minimising both the initial investment and the costs in terms of system implementation and in-service support;
* Innovative and high performance network architecture. It is the first major armed forces network fully based on the latest generation IP technology, which means it can offer broadband communication services even in restrictive environments;
* Guaranteed implementation of end-to-end and interoperable communications with the various existing military networks;
* The possibility to outsource network maintenance based on the implementation of an innovative services solution managed by a military telecommunications operator;
* Simple to use for both administration and network maintenance.

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