The contract for the study for CATOD, the defense procurement technical and operational analysis center, was issued by DGA, the defense procurement agency.
COGISYS, DCNS and ThalesRaytheonSystems will joined with Thales in conducting the study.
"With the development of expeditionary missions and a growing operational need for effective in-theater communications, commanders and deployed forces must be able to access and share information quickly in order to maintain information superiority," Thales said in announcing the award. "The armed forces need secure, resilient networks offering high data rates and value-added services in order to fulfill their critical operational and public security roles."
Thales said the study, designated ETO AGORA, will contribute to the definition of all the theater networks that will be deployed by French forces in 2020-2025.
"The ETO AGORA study will build operational scenarios using the various networks to be deployed by 2020-2025 to define an interconnection model that ensures effective delivery of future operational services, taking into account the progressive migration of these networks to Internet Protocol technology," it said.