The TNS consortium - Thales Nexter Sagem - developing tomorrow's army combat systems

Sissonne, November 29, 2012

The TNS consortium formed by Thales, Nexter Systems and Sagem (Safran) is showcasing its work for the Scorpion program during the French army's demonstration of its urban combat capabilities "Decazub" at the CENZUB urban deployment training center (1) on November 29, 2012.

At this event, TNS is introducing its LOCC (Logiciel Opérationnel de Conduite du Combat) combat management operational software, developed by a joint team within the scope of France's BOA (Bulle Opérationnelles Aéroterrestre) integrated air-land combat system environment, demonstrating its capabilities under real conditions. This demonstrator will be used to develop the functions for a future combat management system, in order to enhance the operational capabilities of battle groups.

On request from the French army and defense procurement agency DGA, work on the TNS demonstrator within the scope of the BOA environment was redirected to preparations for the Scorpion program. The TNS consortium is capitalizing on this work to meet the requirements of collaborative combat based on digital battlefield technologies.

The French army tested the LOCC software in 2012, and it was implemented at the CENZUB training center during the "Tactic" demonstration, generating excellent feedback from troops. Today, this system is considered a precursor of the functions to be offered by information systems that armies will deploy in the future.

Thales, Nexter and Sagem are also partners in the joint venture MARS. This company was created in July 2010 to meet the challenge of providing enhanced capabilities for front-line units, while maintaining unity and improving cost-effectiveness, to support the DGA, the industrial architect for the Scorpion program. MARS is carrying out this mission in close collaboration with teams from the DGA, armed forces headquarters and army units, within the scope of a new collaborative framework, based on both a joint platform and a network, and staying in constant contact with all industry partners.

(1) CENZUB, an urban zone deployment training center, is located at the national army base in Sissonne, 120 km northeast of Paris. Decazub includes a demonstration of digital air-land combat in the Jeoffrecourt combat village. This exercise is designed to spotlight the expertise of army units, the increased capabilities to be offered by the Scorpion program, and CENZUB's role as a center of excellence in this area.


About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transportation markets. In 2011, the company generated revenues of €13 billion with 67,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 22,500 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.

About Nexter Systems

Nexter applies its expertise in land defence systems to meet the needs of the French army and other forces internationally. The scope of its business includes the supply of weapons systems and munitions for Army, Air Force, Navy and law enforcement applications. In 2011, Nexter reported revenue of Euros 851 million, of which 16% were allocated to Research & Development. The range of products offered by Nexter includes: CAESAR® the highly mobile 155mm self-propelled gun, 105LG lightweight towed gun, Leclerc battle tank, VBCI Infantry combat vehicle, ARAVIS® highly protected armoured vehicle, BONUS intelligent munitions, all backed up by customer service, support and recycling.

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About Sagem

Sagem, a high-tech company in the Safran group, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and safety-critical software for both civil and military markets. Sagem is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. It is also the world leader in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems. Operating across the globe through the Safran group, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 7,500 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.

For more information:

Sonia Le Guével
Relations medias – Défense terrestre & navale
+33 (0)1 57 77 91 60

Nexter Systems
Laetitia Blandin
Directeur de la Communication Externe
+33 (0)1 30 97 35 16

Sagem (groupe Safran)
Responsable relations presse
+33 (0)1 58 11 19 49

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