Monday, April 1, 2013

Thales selected to study military uses of LTE broadband communications standard

The French defence procurement agency
(DGA) has awarded Thales the ALTEA1 study contract to analyse the LTE2 standard and its
use by the French armed forces. The technical and operational study will identify the
potential capability gains of commercial LTE technology for French land, air and naval forces
on domestic and expeditionary operations in collaboration with security forces.
The 10-month study will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will analyse technical
and commercial aspects of the LTE standard and its compatibility with military usage. The
second will focus on the research and study of specific solutions that use LTE technology.
Once concluded, the study will provide decision-makers with insights into the range of
options available and their impact on programme costs, timeframes and risks.
LTE technology at the heart of the defence-security continuum
Thales is recognised for its ability to exploit synergies between civil and military technologies.
This study of the LTE standard, the latest technology used by civil communications networks,
fits perfectly with the Group's strategic positioning across the defence-security continuum.
Large numbers of commercial operators have adopted LTE technology to increase network
capacity and in turn meet the demand generated by new usage patterns and bandwidthintensive
applications, such as streaming video.
With the increasing use of information systems by the armed forces, LTE is the prime
candidate for meeting operational demand for high-data-rate communications. However, this
civil technology must be adapted to the military environment, where operating conditions are
more severe and performance requirements are more stringent.
This study is part of Thales's broader involvement in developing the tactical communication
capabilities of the future. In 2012, the Group was awarded a contract with the French
defence procurement agency (DGA) for the CONTACT programme (COmmunications
Numérisées TACtiques et de Théâtre) to provide next-generation radio systems for the
French armed forces. This programme is a prime illustration of Thales's technological
excellence in military communications.
Thales and military communications
Thales is the leading provider of military communication solutions, including tactical radio
systems, resilient networks, secure satellite communications and professional mobile radio

In the PMR segment, Thales offers innovative capabilities for small- and large-scale
networks, providing high-performance, reliable and flexible solutions to secure flows of
critical information. Based on a distributed architecture, these solutions incorporate the first
high-data-rate applications in the marketplace and can be tailored to the voice, text and data
requirements of specific groups of professional users. As one of the pioneers of LTE-based
solutions, Thales has developed a secure, resilient solution for mission-critical applications.
Some 30 countries to date have chosen Thales PMR solutions for public safety,
transportation, airport security and applications in industry and the oil and gas sector.

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transportation
markets. In 2012, the company generated revenues of €14,2 billion with 67,000 employees in 56
countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design,
develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security
requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world
working with customers as local partners

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