Thales confirmed that it will lead a team of companies and European nations for new defence communications network.
Thales received confirmation that the European Defence Agency has appointed the company as project leader for the Softanet project, which will provide further understanding for the first European-wide enhanced defence communications network.
The project is expected to last for three years, and will be rolled out in three unique stages.
Softanet is a broad European partnership between both nations and companies, including Germany, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Rohde & Schwarz, Radmor and Airbus, while the project will be co-ordinated by Thales.
The project will observe whether using virtualisation technology will improve the European Defence Agency’s communication network.
The project’s three stages are expected be laid out in the following way:
Stage 1: To last six months in which participants determine the virtualised network structure.
Stage 2: To last 18 months in which participants undertake a series of studies of the network.
Stage 3: Expected to last a year, will trial the network under the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exercise.