Major upgrade for French defence satcoms

Thales Australia

Tuesday, 23 February, 2021

Major upgrade for French defence satcoms

Thales has been chosen by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) to lead a second part of the ground segment of the Syracuse IV satellite communications system for the French armed forces.

The Group was selected to supply the satellites in 2015 and to lead the first increment of the ground segment in 2019.

This second capacity increment will enhance the interoperable communications capabilities of the French Army, Navy and Air Force in terms of data rate, availability, threat resistance and end-to-end connectivity.

The program aims to increase tenfold the secure communication capabilities of fighting vehicles on the move, surface vessels, submarines and aircraft. The Thales technology will provide roaming communications in both the X- and the Ka-band and will fully exploit the multi-spot potential of high-throughput satellite (HTS) technology.

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