Thales has won a contract from Nato to provide the first certified defence cloud solution that can be deployed in the theatre of operations in less than 24 hours. The company was reportedly selected after a worldwide competitive tendering process on the basis of its defence systems integration know-how. With this contract, Thales enters a new market sector, demonstrating its capacity to integrate the best civil and commercial technologies available and to adapt them to the needs of the armed forces.
The defence cloud developed by Thales enables the forces to analyse and share data in real time from the command centre to the theatre of operations, pursue their digital transformation in complete security, and accelerate the decision cycle to gain and maintain an operational advantage. The company states that with Nexium Defence Cloud and its Service Design Studio and orchestration system, a small team of experts can deploy IT services and applications to locations thousands of kilometres away in just a few hours. This solution is based on a holistic approach encompassing applications management, IT, networks and security, with an overall system architecture designed to accommodate various different levels of confidentiality.
Nexium Defence Cloud incorporates civil and commercial technologies to provide a complete, modular, sovereign solution that enables forces to operate fully autonomously in the theatre of operations. It offers a wide array of possible configurations, from very high-capacity and easily scalable infrastructure for command headquarters to all-in-one containerised systems that transform a forward base into a new cloud node in just a few hours.
Nexium Defence Cloud includes all the components of military command posts (cabinets, servers, data storage media, supervision system, etc.) and meets performance requirements in terms of size, weight and power (SWaP) to simplify deployment and minimise the logistics footprint.
“Thales is proud to be contributing to the digital transformation of the armed forces by providing this first deployable, certified, tactical defence cloud solution,” stated Marc Darmon, Executive Vice-President, Secure Communications and Information Systems, Thales. “We are grateful to Nato for renewing their trust in our expertise in secure, interoperable information and communication systems.”