French defense procurement agency DGA has ordered an additional 500 SITEL (Système d’Information Terminal Elémentaire) vehicle-mounted tactical information systems from Sagem (group) for the French army. The contract also includes crew training, integration of the terminals in vehicles, and maintenance.
SITEL systems are already fitted to several types of combat vehicles, including the new PVP by Panhard. The system comprises a tactical terminal with touch screen, including a digital mapping function, and an interface with tactical radio, navigation and observation systems.
Integrated in the French army’s digital chain of command, SITEL allows units from different services to exchange formatted messages, calculate the range of a target, consult databases and share displays of tactical situations, thus contributing to effective tactical decisions. SITEL is interoperable with the FELIN integrated equipment suite for infantry soldiers.
With this contract, the DGA has now ordered more than 2,000 SITEL systems from prime contractor Sagem, working with co-contractor Cap Gemini, out of a planned total of 4,500 terminals. Some 1,200 SITEL systems are now in service with the French army, and are deployed in overseas combat zones.
* FELIN : Fantassin à Equipements et Liaisons Intégrés, French Army’s integrated dismounted soldier system.