The French National Institute of Geographic and Forestry Information (Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière, IGN) has awarded a consortium formed by Thales and Airbus Defence and Space to supply the French Ministry of Defence database with the GeoMaps digital geographic data on a range of scales, including city maps. The data will mainly be based on images acquired by the two Pléiades satellites. The 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.
The IGN, is acting for the French Ministry of Defence armament procurement organization (Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA). The consortium will handle the whole process: from analysing what the Military of Defence need, through to running quality control checks on the products supplied. This also includes managing specifications, defining the production framework (procedures, tools, controls).