Thales wins C4ISR software development contract on Canadian soil

European defense first Thales will provide the Canadian Forces with software development and integration following the award by the Canadian Department of National Defense of the Land Command Systems Program Management Software Engineering Facility (DSEF) for software systems engineering.

According June 1 release from Thales, the initial term of the contract is for five years until April 2028 and includes five additional one-year options that allow Canada to extend it. The value of the contract is 136 million Canadian dollars.

As a contractual joint venture, Thales, KWESST Micro Systems and Modis Canada will combine their respective Canadian and international defense command, control, communications, computing (C4), intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to deliver software development and integration solutions to the Canadian military.

The work will include work related to the software development and engineering of land C4ISR systems and professional services in support of the Director Land Command Systems Program Management – ​​not only supporting LC4ISR specialized software, but also developing future applications that will contribute to Canadian defense policy.

Earlier this year, Thales introduced its new SHArc architecture – soldier harnesses – at the Future Soldier Technology conference in London, as a solution for dismounted soldiers to share data as efficiently as possible across their networks.

SHArc is an enabling hub that enables soldiers to scale their data processing capability in bandwidth-starved environments. This is achieved in several ways: through integration with other devices, by providing a centralized power architecture, and by enabling automatic over-the-air data transmission.

This allows connected devices to seamlessly exchange data, reducing soldiers’ cognitive load and increasing operational tempo.

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Data sent over regular networks must be filtered to prevent the transmission of meaningless data noise.

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