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DCS – the Centre of Competence for integration of the entire information chain from sensor to effector

EADS Defence and Communication Systems (DCS) is part of the Defence
& Security Systems (DS) Division of EADS.
The DCS goal is to create complete communication and information
systems solutions including platforms and to provide the means of
implementing these solutions.

The DCS goal is to create complete communication and information
systems solutions including platforms and to provide the means of
implementing these solutions. With its systems competencies, DCS
fulfils all customer requirements in the areas of Air and Naval
Defence, Information Superiority, advanced Command, Control and
Communication (C3I) systems, Professional Mobile Radio and Homeland
DCS is the EADS “Systems House”, offering
its customers comprehensive and tailored solutions that combine the
know-how to design, develop and implement Large System Integration
(LSI) solutions making it possible to link the widest possible range of
individual platforms and subsystems into a single effective network.
DCS can call on the full range of capabilities and experience in
military systems and secure communications networks. In order to make
the technological changes tangible and demonstrate the strengths of
this paradigm, EADS simulation tools such as NETCOS (Network Centric
Operations Simulation) are an important part of DCS.
Information Superiority
Information Superiority is the key source
for information procurement within the EADS Systems House. EADS
provides information superiority systems based on fully integrated
information chains such as
- ground segments for all kinds of platforms (mission aircraft and UAVs),
- a family of earth observation satellite ground segments, and
- advanced interpretation tools, as well as accurate 3-D
image modelling for military and civil applications, supplying complex
Network Centric Warfare systems with high value-added information for
strategic, operational and tactical missions (Image and Electromagnetic
The new requirements of Information
Superiority operations demonstrate the growing importance of network
centric information and the need for highly interoperable systems. EADS
DCS is developing a new concept of Multi Mission Ground Segments to
meet armed forces’ needs for time-critical intelligence gathering and
processing in a multi-mission and multi-sensor context. Its open system
architecture facilitates its integration into a network centric
environment. Strong communication links, together with appropriate data
fusion and adequate data dissemination systems, ensure prompt and
accurate information delivery to all relevant decision-makers.
EADS also supplies and supports a complete
range of ground segments for the theatre of operations as well as for
UAVs, reconnaissance aircraft and satellite imagery, with over 400
operating stations in service worldwide.
Amongst the most important contracts in this field, EADS Defence and
Communications Systems (DCS) has signed last June, a contract worth
19.3 million euros with the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources
and the Environment for the turnkey provision of
a complete environmental and natural resources monitoring system, to be
operated by the national Centre for Remote Sensing in Vietnam.
The integrated system to be supplied
by EADS DCS consists of a receiving station for satellite images from
SPOT and ENVISAT, a centre for the processing and distribution of
images, and 15 specialised application systems for operational and
research purposes. These systems will be installed on the premises of
the main public operators, namely Vietnamese ministries and other
project partners such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development, the Ministry of Fisheries, the Ministry of Natural
Resources and the Environment, the national civil defence agency and
the Vietnam Petroleum Institute.
The fifteen applications will be employed
in such activities as risk prevention and support for emergency rescue
services, the observation and planning of agricultural land use for the
cultivation of major crops including rice, the surveillance of maritime
and coastal zones, research in connection with the preservation of
resources in inland waters and forests, and geological studies for the
petroleum and mining industries.
The project is expected to last 3 years, including installation of the system, training, technical
assistance, a variety of pilot projects in each field of application,
and assisting the system’s future owners with the development of their
national centre for remote sensing.
It is one of the most comprehensive and
innovative projects of its type ever to have been launched in Asia, and
forms the extension of a scientific and technological co-operation
agreement in the field of remote sensing that was concluded between
France and Vietnam in 1990, in which EADS has always played a key
partnership role.
Others major Programmes are main European
earth observation satellite ground segments: SPOT 1 to 5, HELIOS 1,
HELIOS 2, SAR LUPE, Mission aircraft ground segments: AGS, Asro-X,
Field-proven multi-satellite mobile stations: Eagle Vision,
Reconnaissance systems: AIES for German Air Force Recce-Tornados,
Operational and next-generation ground segment systems for drones and
UAVs: CL 289, SIDM, EuroHawk, etc, Cartographic data production systems
for army, air force and navy: SENATER, CCAM, CPIA
EADS Defence & Security Systems,
with revenues of about € 5.4 billion in 2004 and roughly 23,000
employees across ten nations, forms the defence and security pillar
within EADS. It offers integrated systems solutions to the new
challenges confronting armed forces and homeland security units. It is
active in the areas of military aircraft, missile systems,
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems with manned
and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battlefield management systems,
defence electronics, sensors and avionics, and related services. EADS
is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004,
EADS generated revenues of € 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of
about 110,000. Contact:
(Credits EADS Defence and Communications Systems)