New Mission Preparation System for the Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighter Jets

26 June 2017
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PARIS - In search of an innovative technological solution that would be precise, comprehensive and tailored to its needs, Dassault Aviation has chosen to work with Altran and Luciad in order to design its Mission Preparation System, known as OPERA, for its RAFALE and Mirage 2000 fighter jets.

The relevance and accuracy of geographic information is a key component for mission success. OPERA is a user-friendly system, dedicated to the preparation of training simulations and combat missions. The system first makes it possible to prepare a mission by supplying pilots with all necessary information (aerial photographs, satellite coverage of terrain, aeronautical charts, 2D/3D topography, targets, ally and enemy troops, along with other tactical and geographic data). OPERA then allows pilots to rehearse the mission in order to validate tactical choices. Once this stage is completed, the system converts the data to a dedicated format for uploading to mission calculators. In addition to its outstanding software performance, the system supplied by Altran and Luciad provides a functional and intuitive user interface.

“The visual geospatial analysis tool, ‘LuciadLightspeed’ takes into account every one of our data formats Furthermore, this product offers 2D, 3D and 4D capabilities. Its performance, precision, and handling of data in real time are features that Dassault Aviation found compelling. Its intuitive user interface made it possible to quickly deploy it among our development teams with the expertise of Altran’s aeronautics consultants,” explained Salvador Lopez, Head of OPERA program at Dassault Aviation.

“The complementarity between Altran and Luciad was a determining factor in this project. By offering Dassault Aviation a product with great added value that was tailored to their environment and needs, we were able to stand out together,” added Fabrice Mariaud, Director of Program Management & Innovation, Altran France.

“We are now partners with Altran. Together, we are able to tackle our client’s most crucial projects, which require both a tool at the cutting-edge of technology that is tailored to their needs, while simultaneously managing its integration and adaptation within their existing software ecosystem,” concluded Jérôme Lutz, Director of Luciad France.

About Luciad

Luciad delivers geospatial software solutions that power the world’s mission critical operations. Our applications simplify the lives of developers and end users with advanced visual analytics that allow them to unlock the potential of real time location intelligence and create the foundations for next generation geospatial systems. From safeguarding critical assets to creating the digital infrastructure for smart cities, we help users implement intuitive command and control systems. Our customers depend on Luciad for high performance visualization that allows them to implement scalable solutions.

Founded in 1999, Luciad serves clients worldwide through a network of subsidiaries and resellers in Europe, Asia and the Americas. In addition to thousands of users of Luciad applications, major systems integrators incorporate Luciad software in their own products. We work with leading organizations such as Airbus Defence and Space, Lufthansa Systems, NATO, Lockheed Martin and Thales. “Connect, visualize, analyze, act” is both our method and our motto.

About Altran

As a global leader in Engineering and R&D services (ER&D), Altran offers its clients a new way to innovate by developing the products and services of tomorrow. Altran works alongside its clients on every link in the value chain of their project, from conception to industrialization. For over thirty years, the Group has provided its expertise to key players in the Telecoms, Aerospace, Automotive, Defence, Energy, Finance, Life Sciences, and Railway sectors, among others. In 2016, the Altran group generated revenues of €2.120bn. With a headcount of more than 30,000 employees, Altran is present in more than 20 countries.


About Dassault

With more than 10,000 military and civil aircraft delivered to more than 90 countries over the past century, Dassault Aviation can offer recognized know-how and experience in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, from the Rafale fighter to the Falcon range of high-end business jets, as well as military unmanned air systems. In 2016, Dassault Aviation reported revenues of €3.6 billion. The company has almost 12,000 employees. 


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