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Thales Wins contract to provide Canadian Army with Battlefield Management System

March 9, 2009, Ottawa - Thales has been awarded the Land Command Support System (LCSS) Long-Term Software Support (LTSS) contract by the Government of Canada.


March 9, 2009
By Carey Fredericks

March 9, 2009, Ottawa – Thales has been awarded the Land Command
Support System (LCSS) Long-Term Software Support (LTSS) contract by the
Government of Canada. This five-year $184 million contract is one of the
largest Command and Control support contracts ever let by the Department of
National Defence (DND).
       

"This contract is the result of years of close interaction with the Canadian Army and is a great example of the success of our multi-domestic
approach and seamless technology transfer", said Marcel de Picciotto,
President of Thales Canada. "Thales Canada has evolved into Canada's premier
provider of Army Battlefield Management Systems (BMS)."
       

Based on the original software from Thales created for the French Army
Thales has transformed the original capability and the system is now designed
to support the Command and Control (C2) decision action cycle. With the
support of various partners, the entire baseline has been designed and is
focused on providing Commanders and their staffs with up-to-date battlefield
information, enabling them to make better and timelier decisions. Relevant
data is provided to users based on roles and is displayed graphically. Users
can also interact seamlessly with other components of the Land Force Command
and Control Information System (LFC2IS) and share information throughout the
entire battlefield, creating a common operational picture, shared situational
awareness, and information dominance.
       
"This work underlines the importance this government places on transforming the Canadian Forces into a modern, first-class military for the
21st Century as identified in the Canada First Defence Strategy," said the
Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the
Atlantic Gateway. "This software support ensures our Forces will remain one of
the most technologically advanced militaries in the world."

"We are very proud of the recognition by the Government of Canada of Thales's expertise in the field of Battlefield Management Systems. This
achievement is the result of Thales's long-term strategy to adapt to national
specific needs", added Pascale Sourisse, Senior Vice-President and Head of
Thales's Land and Joint Systems Division. "The pursuit of excellence an
customer satisfaction are our core values. We focus on a high quality of
service, on-time delivery and a transparent approach to grant the forces
operational efficiency on the field."