To the pilot on an air operation, the threat can come from anywhere: a dusty pickup in the desert armed with a ground-to-air missile or a fifth-generation military fighter from a hostile nation.

 

This wide range of threats – from “simplistic to sophisticated” - is a true challenge for the Air Forces – also because it occurs in a highly complex environment of electronic warfare and air theatre deny access on potentially very large and distant theatre of operations.

To meet this challenge, Air Forces need to exchange more information, quicker, safer, on larger distances, and only with those who need to know. This means smartly linking together not just fighter aircraft, but all actors involved in a mission (the so called Community of Interest – COI) : Fighter and mission aircraft, distant headquarters, troops on the ground, ships at sea, but also remote sensors and weapons and a growing number of unmanned vehicles that need to be monitored.

“We act as a ‘force multiplier,’ allowing the military to do more with what they have.” Eric Aubineau, Aeronautical Communications Director at Thales

Thales offers high performance, secured and sovereign broadband connectivity solutions such as combat intraflight datalinks or satellite connectivity, for all types of aircraft, as well as the system that enables seamless communications leveraging all transmission means between all stakeholders. These solutions enable more efficient communications within a COI, such as user-friendly services that focus on the end users’ operational needs with smart secured routing. Thales solutions increase both the efficiency and survivability of the Air Force players on the theatre of operations and open the door to fully collaborative air combat.

Streamlining airborne communications for precision mission focus

“We bring all the communication channels together, we link them, we make it all work together, we hide the complexity, and we do this in a secure way,” says Eric Aubineau, Aeronautical Communications Director at Thales. “We act as a ‘force multiplier,’ allowing the military to do more with what they have.”

“By bringing greater connectivity, we can help the forces face all kinds of threats without needing a specific weapons system for each threat,”  Jérôme Brouet, Product Line Manager of the Network and Infrastructure systems at Thales

The forces need to conduct operations on distant fields and to be interoperable with different types of forces, from several nations, anywhere they go. But, in some situations, they need on the contrary to operate on their own and rely on sovereign solutions.

“By bringing greater connectivity, we can help the forces face all kinds of threats without needing a specific weapons system for each threat,” says Jérôme Brouet, Product Line Manager of the Network and Infrastructure systems at Thales. “Secured and protected Connectivity enhanced by Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, is the backbone of the new generation of military operations.”

Thales’s connectivity solutions are making possible tomorrow’s fully collaborative operations.