Thales and Air­bus to pro­duce new dig­i­tal maps


The French Na­tional Ge­o­graphic and Forestry In­for­ma­tion In­sti­tute (IGN) has awarded the Thales-Air­bus De­fence and Space con­sor­tium the GeoMaps con­tract for the next six years. The French armed forces will get high added-value geo­graph­i­cal data that will give them the up­per hand in mis­sions in the­atres of oper­a­tions.

The data will mainly be based on images ac­quired by the two Pléi­ades satel­lites, sig­nif­i­cantly in­creas­ing the ac­cu­racy of the maps to be pro­duced. This con­tract runs from 2016 to 2021 and guar­an­tees the con­sis­tent ge­om­e­try and for­mat­ting of all ref­er­ence map­ping data to op­ti­mise in­ter­op­er­abil­ity be­tween the French Min­istry of De­fence’s dif­fer­ent sys­tems and ser­vices, as well as with their al­lies and part­ners.

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