The Direction Générale de l’Armement awards the Tornade contract to the scale-up Preligens

The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has just notified Preligens of a contract worth around 240 million euros over seven years. Named TORNADE (Optical and Radar Processing by Artificial Neurons via Detectors), it concerns the acquisition of software licenses for AI solutions for the processing and exploitation of large masses of data and will in particular benefit the joint intelligence function. of the Ministry of the Armed Forces.

Today there is a mass of data, whether it comes from sensors, spy or commercial satellites, drones or planes, and humans struggle to process it quickly enough to allow authorities to quickly make the right decisions.

The current geopolitical context demonstrates how crucial it is for governments and ministries of the armed forces to be reactive and the importance of satellite images. Preligens’ AI image processing technology fully meets these needs.

Preligens

Founded in 2016 by Arnaud Guérin (CEO) and Renaud Allioux (CTO) under the name of Earthcube, the company changed its name in 2020, concomitantly with a fundraising of 20 million euros in which Definvest, the fund of the Ministry of the Armed Forces managed by Bpifrance.

The company which has worked with the Ministry of the Armed Forces since its inception has experienced very rapid growth, in particular it has quadrupled its turnover in 2019 and 2020. It now has more than 150 employees and has opened subsidiaries in the Kingdom United States, Germany, Belgium and Singapore.

Preligens provides solutions that, through artificial intelligence algorithms, automate the processing of satellite images that intelligence analysts use.

In 2021, as part of the TAIIA project, (Treatment and Analysis of Images by Artificial Intelligence), an experiment hosted at the joint center for training and interpretation of imagery of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DRM), Preligens set up an experimentation platform that feeds the operational images captured by the new CSO constellation, the French high-resolution reconnaissance satellites.

AI software and algorithms make it possible to identify military equipment (ships, planes, armored vehicles, etc.) present at strategic intelligence sites and to detect any unusual movement.

The French Ministry of the Army then decided to entrust it with the processing of all its satellite images and awarded it new contracts via the OURANOS framework agreement for the supply of software and associated services.

Tornado Market

The software licenses acquired within the framework of the Tornado market will enable the entities of the Ministry of the Armed Forces to respond to the need for rapid access to precise and adequate information in a mass of data: automatic creation of maps from satellite images, detection of objects in these images for the visible, infrared and radar imagery domains.

This contract, for a maximum amount of 240 million euros over a period of seven years, will benefit in particular the joint intelligence function of the Ministry of the Armed Forces (FIR) which brings together, under the coordination of the DRM, the intelligence channels of the three armies, as well as those of the Special Operations Command (COS) and the Cyber ​​Defense Command (COMCYBER).

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The Direction Générale de l’Armement awards the Tornade contract to the scale-up Preligens


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