facebook
twitter
search
search

Militaries to use commercial satcoms

Sept. 28, 2012 at 3:24 PM

BRUSSELS, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Commercial satellite communications capacity is to be provided to Europe's militaries by Astrium of France.

The contract for the services was given Astrium by the European Defense Agency and will be managed by EDA's new European Satellite Communications Procurement Cell.

"As a commercial company and a pioneer in providing mil satcoms to governments and defense ministries, we are very proud to be the first to provide commercial satellite communications to the European Defense Agency through such an innovative scheme," said Eric Beranger, chief executive officer of Astrium Services.

"Being European, Astrium Services is fully engaged in making a significant contribution to European defense."

Under the contract, Astrium Services will provide the EDA with satellite communications in commercial bands -- C, Ku and Ka -- for European military needs, and associated value-added services. Those include leasing of terminals.

The ESCPC will allow EU members to pool needs, purchases and even switch satellite communication capacity between themselves in a coordinated manner.

Member states France, Italy, Poland, Romania and Britain are joining in the ESCPC program.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Google apologizes for photo app that tagged black couple as 'gorillas'
E-2D aerial refueling capability passes CDR
Norway: New reserves found in North Sea
Shell to tap new Gulf of Mexico oil
Canada awards license for LNG exports to Asia