France chooses Thales to deliver new Defence Platform project
The French Ministry for the Armed Forces has selected Thales to deliver a new “Defence Platform” project.
The Defence Platform project of the General Directorate for Digital and Information Systems (DGNUM) aims to support the defence’s departments in defining the needs of its users, and in identifying, developing and pooling new technical resources to enable the implementation of new digital services, in a shared and controlled manner.
Under the agreement, the company is expected to deploy its Athena software factory solution, which is based on open-source components from the software development environments set up by the Group’s engineering department for its own in-house needs.
According to the company, the solution has been designed to apply DevSecOps methods to support design and continuous integration for fast and secure software development.
Thales has been tasked to enable the design, development of the the French Defence Platform project in an agile mode and the immediate production release of data-driven applications for new use cases, as well as their secure storage and exchange to serves all military, civilian defence and affiliated personnel.
The company will also provide its expertise in cloud environments, data protection technologies and secure communications. Indeed, this project will support the design and rapid production release of new cloud-ready digital services, capable of running in the French Ministry’s future cloud environment.
The project is part of the French Ministry for the Armed Forces digital transformation strategy that, since 2018, aims to deliver new online services accessible from desktop computers and mobile devices. These services include: equipment orders, tracking of benefits, annual leave and transfer requests and administrative forms.
Also, the project will support the development of the Socle Numérique de Défense (Digital Defence Base), whose piloting has been entrusted to the DIRISI and the French Armament General Directorate (DGA).