Thales has been awarded a contract to define system architecture for future network-centric operations by the French military.
The study, called ETO AGORA, will examine French theater networks to be deployed in 2020-2025. The study is being conducted on behalf of France's CATOD defense procurement technical and operational analysis center.
"The ETO AGORA study will build operational scenarios using the various networks to be deployed by 2020–25 to define an interconnection model that ensures effective delivery of future operational services, taking into account the progressive migration of these networks to IP technology," said the Thales announcement.
The study will also define how the French Army's current ASTRIDE theater network will deliver services in the future, and how theater networks will remain coherent with the COMSAT NG and COMCEPT joint forces satellite communications networks and the RIFAN naval fleet network. The impact of new technology standards, such as 4G networks, will also be examined.
The ETO AGORA study will enable the French Ministry of Defense to draw up roadmaps that will identify needed architectural integration technologies, as well as operational demonstrators, change management and modeling required for the process.
"The objective for the armed forces is to have fully converged joint forces and NATO-interoperable communication networks in place by 2020–25," Thales said.