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Thales launches first Defence Cloud offering for armed forces

Thales has launched a solution at Eurosatory 2018 aimed at enabling armed forces to stay connected with any device at any time and operate with complete autonomy in the field.
A soldier uses the laptop and radio for communication during a military operation in the desert.

At Eurosatory 2018, Thales has launched a comprehensive private cloud infrastructure solution to improve the operational efficiency of the armed forces. With Nexium Defence Cloud, Thales claims to have a solution that can adapt to the specific needs of armed forces operating in constrained environments with stringent security requirements.

The cloud solutions in use today for civil applications are not appropriate for deployed forces. They require unlimited bandwidth that armed forces do not have in the field. The Thales Defence Cloud is designed for constrained environments, enabling deployed forces to conduct their missions in total autonomy in the theatre of operations.

Hyperconnectivity on the battlefield promises to drive a technological revolution for armed forces and engender a growth in demand for new capabilities to gather, share and process large volumes of data in real time. As threat environments evolve, armed forces units will be able to respond immediately, and sometimes simultaneously, to any situation that may arise in future conflicts.

With its Defence Cloud offering and related connectivity solutions, Thales proposes a complete solution including secure, end-to-end hosting of data and applications. Users ranging from commanders in the home country to units deployed in theatres of operation can access data in complete privacy in a dedicated environment that takes full benefit of Thales’s cybersecurity expertise.

The Nexium Defence Cloud solution is designed to be both comprehensive and modular. An extensive range of configurations is possible to accommodate the requirements of very high-capacity, readily expandable infrastructure networks for HQ all the way down to an all-in-one box that transforms a Forward Operating Bases into new cloud nodes in a matter of hours. This ability to interconnect systems and devices quickly and easily within ad-hoc command structures and organisations boosts mission effectiveness with no trade-off in security.

Equipment and applications can be deployed, configured and updated remotely so that the armed forces can focus on their core missions.

“Thales is bringing to armed forces, its expertise in secure, interoperable information and telecommunication systems, combined with world-class capabilities in the key digital technologies of connectivity and IoT, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity,” commented Marc Darmon, Thales Executive Vice President, Secure Communications and Information Systems.

“With Nexium Defence Cloud, Thales is expanding the armed forces’ arsenal with a new digital power that allows them to make decisions quickly and efficiently in real time at each decisive moment.”

Stand: Eurosatory (B500 – outdoor)