“Atos Origin, Thales and Rockwell Collins announce successful LUCID demonstrator interoperability tests”

Paris, June 25, 2008

L22 tactical data link transmissions exceed 1,200 km

Atos Origin, Thales and Rockwell Collins today announced that the L22 tactical data link in the Link 22 Unit Controller and Interoperability Demonstrator (LUCID) has successfully passed interoperability tests. The demonstrator was tested and validated by the French and German navies during a joint exercise in the North Sea, in conjunction with the German system LINSE (Link Integration für Nicht System Einheiten), to a range of more than 1,200 kilometers. Link L22 will eventually become one of the hubs for the joint multimedia tactical data links to be deployed towards 2015.

The LUCID system was designed and built by Atos Origin, Thales and Rockwell Collins, under a contract awarded by French armament procurement agency DGA. Exchanging tactical data via the L22 link provides a real-time picture, at every command level, of tactical developments in a theater of operations.

“The success of this demonstrator test makes LUCID a pivotal part of the mission-critical Link 22 platform,” said Michel Sandoz, DGA Tactical Data Links Program Manager. “This is the first multimedia tactical data link that supports the automated exchange of tactical data over different wireless media, thus enhancing operational coordination between armed forces and allies, based on the data exchanged. The L22 link delivers significant improvements in terms of security, secure transmissions and network operation with dynamic reconfiguration. The LUCID demonstrator will shortly enable us to perform trials, once it is installed and in operation on a French naval vessel. According to the contract awarded by the DGA, three LUCID systems, including an air-transportable model, have been delivered and passed their acceptance tests at the Naval Systems Engineering Center in Toulon and the Armament Electronics Center in Rennes.”

During the tests in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, UHF and HF radio systems were used to exchange information on tactical situations via the NATO L22 standard, comprising up to 700 tracks (elements detected). In this way, all of LUCID's tactical and L22 network management functions were successfully validated. These full-scale interoperability tests demonstrated, for the first time, that LUCID can communicate via a network with two other Link 22 systems (a co-located German system and another LUCID system at the Naval Systems Engineering Center), enabling the exchange of tactical data at a range of more than 1,200 kilometers.

In addition, the tests demonstrated the rapid, easy deployment of the LUCID air-transportable system, which was set up by specialized French naval teams in around three hours.


LUCID is a complete, stand-alone system, comprising autonomous subassemblies that can be integrated into an existing tactical system.

LUCID includes:

  • HF fixed frequency and UHF fixed frequency and frequency hopping radios.

  • Two types of signal processing controllers (SPC), an external version (HF and UHF FF) and the other integrated in the frequency hopping radio as a PC board.
  • Link Level COMSEC (LLC) encryption.
  • A system network controller (SNC).
  • A data-link interface processor (DLIP).
  • A network controller and man-machine interface, designated SCOPE L22 (System Control OPnet Efficiency).
  • Man-machine interfaces for processing of tactical information.
  • HF and UHF antennas.

Component suppliers

  • DGA: LLC encryption and SNC.

  • Atos Origin: SCOPE system and tactical man-machine interfaces.
  • Rockwell Collins: HF radio, SPCs, HF and UHF antennas.
  • Thales: UHF radio and DLIP.

About DGA
French Armament Procurement Agency Délégation Générale pour l'Armement (DGA) partners armed forces to help build the defense solutions of tomorrow. The DGA's missions are to provide equipment for armed forces, anticipate future requirements and promote exports. To execute these missions, the agency deploys exceptional resources to independently evaluate systems. It offers a comprehensive vision of systems to guarantee their consistency, a proven ability to efficiently manage the risks inherent in complex projects and an industrial and technological approach to projects designed to secure national and European independence. The DGA facilitates the emergence of cooperation programs and contributes to the development of the European Defense Agency. www.defense.gouv.fr/dga.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of Consulting, Systems Integration and Managed Operations. The Company's annual revenue is EUR 5.8 billion and it employs 50,000 professionals in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Press contact
Anne de Beaumont - + 33 (0)1 55 91 24 15 - anne.debeaumont@atosorigin.com

Rockwell Collins France, subsidiary of Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins France is a French electronics company focused on engineering, services and sales of products and systems of the Rockwell Collins group present in three areas :

  • Aeronautics (communication systems, navigation, surveillance, display, flight control on aircraft and helicopters, information management and Integrated logistics support solutions)
  • Defense (Communications, Navigation and Displays, Integrated systems)
  • Data Communications (card repairs, network integration and on-site services)

Rockwell Collins France is located in Blagnac (31), Thiais (94), Creil (60), Paris CDG (95) and Aix en Provence (13). With a total sales of 168,8 MEuros with 645 employees and creating indirectly same amount of jobs by subcontracting, Rockwell Collins France realizes more than 85 % of value added in France and combines excellence and growth since it was created in 1959.

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronics solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management and simulation and training is delivered by 20,000 employees and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.

About Thales
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales' leading-edge technology is supported by 22,000 R&D engineers who offer a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy field-proven mission-critical information systems. To this end, the group's civil and military businesses develop in parallel and share a common base of technologies to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. The group builds its growth on its unique multi-domestic strategy based on trusted partnerships with national customers and market players, while leveraging its global expertise to support local technology and industrial development. Thales employs 68,000 people in 50 countries with 2007 revenues in excess of £8.3 bn.

Press Contact
Aude Colas des Francs - +33 (0)1 46 13 20 86 - aude.colasdesfrancs@fr.thalesgroup.com