Dassault Systemes and Thales have agreed on a strategic partnership to jointly develop new product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions.

The partnership between the two French companies will focus on delivering end-to-end solutions based on Dassault’s V6 PLM platform. Both Dassault, a provider of 3D and PLM products, and Thales, a global technology group, want to strengthen their system engineering and search-based applications offerings.

Bruno Latchague, executive vice president, PLM Enterprise Business Transformation at Dassault Systèmes, said his customers want to improve their global product and system development expertise. “This alliance improves our ability to ensure the success of such enterprise transformation projects, thanks to Thales’s integration strengths and its recognized expertise in new growth markets,” he said.

The two companies said, in a press release, that they will both benefit from the alliance. For Thales, it means the company will be able to expand its PLM offerings. For Dassault, Thales will open up a bigger slice of the public sector.

Dassault Systemes is a leader in 3D software and PLM solutions. It is the maker of CATIA, SIMULIA and DELMIA software.

Thales, with 12.9 billion euros in annual global sales, provides technology products and services to the aerospace, defense, security and transportation industries.