PARIS, Nov. 29 (UPI)
Thales of France and Cassidian of Germany are producing geographic data for a French military database.
The six-year contract for work on the second phase of a project called TopoBase Defense Operation was given by the French geographic Institute IGN, acting as the contracting authority for the French military procurement agency DGA.
"The preparation and conduct of military operations require the armed forces to be able to rely on a cartographic reference that is pertinent and accessible to everyone in order to achieve an accurate shared assessment of the operational situation," Thales said in a news release. "For this reason IGN selected the Thales-Cassidian consortium, with Thales acting as the prime contractor for the TopoBase Defense Operation.
"This operation is intended to set up an appropriate system for producing geographical data (e.g. vector databases, ortho-images, raster maps, etc.) to be fed into defense geographical databases."
Thales said the consortium is responsible for the complete process, including the drafting of specifications, definition of the production reference frame and the management of subcontractors for the supply of digitized geographical data needed for weapons and information systems.
"I am very proud that the DGA has renewed its confidence in the Thales-Cassidian consortium after awarding us the first part of the TopoBase Defense Operation and the Deployable Geographic Modules project," said Jean-Michel Lagarde, Thales vice president for Protection Systems.
The first phase of the project was awarded in 2005.