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Air France Industries chooses DIGINEXT to provide TDL exchange capabilities for the French Air Force's Airborne AWACS Air France Industries chooses Diginext to provide Tactical Data Links (TDL) exchange capabilities, via satellite link, for the French Air Force's Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) DiginexT has been selected by Air France Industries to provide the French Air Force with a system to control operations outside of visual range in theatres of operation in which France is engaged. The use of satellite links supporting "reflex time" (under one minute) tactical information exchange between the theatre of operations and the command centre has become a considerable asset for force coordination and effectiveness during overseas operations involving the French chain of command, such as HARMATTAN (Libya), SERVAL (Mali), and currently BARKHANE (Sahelo-Saharan region). The deployment of these secure and reliable links, which accelerate decision-making, was therefore requested by the forces and taken into account by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) to equip Airborne Warning and Control Systems on four of the French Air Force's E-3F "AWACS" aircraft. As part of this increase in capability, Air France Industries selected DIGINEXT, a subsidiary of the CS Group, to provide this tactical data link exchange capability through its C2 STARLINX solution via the JREAP (Joint Range Extension Application Protocol). This protocol is a NATO standard and has no distance constraints. It will offer the French National Air Operations Centre (Lyon Mont Verdun) a new tool to control and supervise operations via a secure IP connection to the INMARSAT4 satellite network. This new capability, based on standardised protocol exchanges, is fully inter-operable with France's allies. The French Airborne Early Warning (AEW) component can be fully integrated in a coalition system. Data flow visualisation and management are provided by DIGINEXT's C2 STARLINX system which, in operation with the E-3F AWACS mission system, will inform all levels of the French or coalition decision-making chain. "After having provided an equivalent system to the French Army in 2013 for operation SERVAL in Mali, DIGINEXT confirms its ability to provide operational solutions to be deployed for overseas operations by the French forces", noted Thomas FOURQUET, CEO of DIGINEXT.


The DGA chooses Diginext to optimise the preparation and support of SCORPION Joint Task Force operations.

Diginext has been selected by the French Defence Procurement Agency to provide the French Army with an optimised operational simulation system to improve the SCORPION Joint Task Force's close combat readiness.

As part of this project, the French Army aims to improve and streamline operational Level 5 and 7 close combat readiness tools. The SPARTE system (Shared Simulation and Reusable Applications for Tactics and Training) will provide the French Army with training capacity that supports simple but sophisticated means of creating and directing exercises and post-action analysis.

These tools will be reinforced by the ability to immerse soldiers in a 3D environment close to the reality of operations or the mission execution environment. SPARTE can be used to train soldiers in procedures and order frameworks, mission execution procedures for tactical echelons (teams, section/platoon groups), joint tactical command and decision making for section/platoon, Squadron Group, or Joint Task force (self-training) levels in a digital environment.

This training capacity will also be facilitated by the automation of realistic behaviours that can be managed by an artificial intelligence system opening up unprecedented possibilities for complex tactical situations.

The SPARTE system will be deployed in training centres, regiments, and specialised training centres, such as CENTACs (Warfare Training Centre) and CENZUBs (OBUA Training Centre). "We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with the French Army in the field of simulation and training of forces. This project illustrates our ability to deploy, as prime contractor, systems that combine virtual and constructive environments", commented Thomas Fourquet, Managing Director of Diginext.

Diginext worked on this project with four partners specialised in simulation with which it developed a lean industrial organisation to play the role of sole industrial project manager. "We have worked with Bohemia Interactive, DCI Group, PitchTechnologies, and RUAG Defence France in the field of simulation for many years" said Thomas Fourquet, Managing Director of Diginext. "Beyond common references, we share the same approach to innovation, expertise, and respect of our commitments to achieve our customers' objectives".

Virtual Maintenance Trainer for Modernised Cougar

DIGINEXT has been awarded by the French MOD for the supply of the Virtual Maintenance Trainer for the new version of the Cougar Helicopter in operations in the French Army.

Virtual Maintenance Training (VMT) provides a cost-effective solution for learning and practicing maintenance operations without the necessity to use the real equipment. As a consequence, VMT accelerates the training process significantly and reduce the risk of damages.

The VMT solution is based on the product Inscape that is used to create these training scenarios, to visualize virtual cockpit/machine and to control the different touchable surfaces representing the different cockpit equipments.


The FAF, assisted by DIGINEXT, has deployed the SOLSTICE system as the primary L16 training capability in support of the most famous joint allied air exercise in Europe, the NATO Tiger Meet that brought 18 nations and 70 aircrafts together at Cambrai AFB.

For the first time ever, SOLSTICE has allowed the FAF to establish a multi-MIDS network at low, medium and high altitude to sustain 280 sorties including air-to-air, air-to-ground operations and COMAO (Composite Air Operations). Connected to a Multi-Radar Tracking System (MRTS), SOLSTICE has been able, amongst others, to disseminate a Common Operational Picture (COP) to the L16-capable assets while providing both Ground-Controlled Interception (GCI) and Range Training Officer (RTO) capabilities.

DIGINEXT is proud that numerous national and international participants including high-rank officers, pilots, controllers and engineers have acknowledged the system to be powerful, flexible, cost saver and capable of maintaining continuous seamless L16 connectivity amongst the forces over the exercise wide geographical area without impact on interfaces and operation routines from legacy systems.