France: The French National Institute of Geographic and Forestry Information (IGN) has awarded Airbus Defence and Space and Thales the GeoMaps contract to supply the French Ministry of Defence database with digital geographic data on a range of scales, including city maps.
This will enable the French Military Staff for generating highly value-added data to meet the challenges that defence forces now face. The areas to be produced will be defined according to the respective needs of the armed forces.
The contract runs from 2016 to 2021 and guarantees the consistent geometry and formatting of all reference mapping data to optimize interoperability between the French Ministry of Defence’s different systems and services, as well as with their allies and partners.
"We are very proud of the confidence that has been shown in our consortium. It really recognises our teams’ expertise and the know-how of the French SMEs we rely on. The accuracy of the data we provide is vital if the operations which French armed forces are involved in and the fight against terrorism in particular will succeed, said Bernhard Brenner, Head of Intelligence Business Cluster at Airbus Defence and Space."