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3 juin 2015 3 03 /06 /juin /2015 11:50
EDA and Italy discuss defence cooperation

EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq (right) with the Italian Secretary General of Defence and National Armaments Director, Lt. Gen. Enzo Stefanini. Photo Italian Ministry of Defence.


Rome - 03 June, 2015 European Defence Agency


On 13 May, Jorge Domecq, EDA Chief Executive, met with Roberta Pinotti, the Italian Minister of Defence, to exchange views on the preparation of the European Council in June 2015 and Italy’s participation in EDA projects. 


“The visit to Rome allowed for numerous interesting and forward looking discussions. We touched upon Italy’s involvement in EDA’s key capability programmes on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and cyber defence as well as the update of the European security strategy. Another important topic was the Agency’s project on maritime surveillance (MARSUR). I also assured Minister Pinotti of the Agency’s willingness to provide operational support for a possible CSDP mission in the southern central Mediterranean”, Jorge Domecq said in Rome. 

The visit in Italy also allowed for meetings with other high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defence, the Chief of Defence, the President of the Defence Committee in the Italian Senate and the CEO of Finmeccanica. It is part of a series of visits by Mr. Domecq to all EDA Member States following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive. 


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6 novembre 2013 3 06 /11 /novembre /2013 18:40
Patrouilleur russe Smetlivy

Patrouilleur russe Smetlivy


MOSCOU, 6 novembre - RIA Novosti


Des exercices navals russo-italiens Ioniex-2013 se déroulent en mer Ionienne, au large de l'Italie, du 4 au 9 novembre, a annoncé à Moscou Viatcheslav Troukhatchev, porte-parole de la flotte russe de la mer Noire.


"L'exercice naval russo-italien Ioniex-2013 se tiendra en mer Ionique du 4 au 9 novembre. La Marine russe y a dépêché le patrouilleur Smetlivy de la flotte russe de la mer Noire", a indiqué le porte-parole.


Les deux pays ont élaboré le scénario des exercices lors d'une conférence russo-italienne tenue début novembre sur la base navale italienne de Tarente. Selon le scénario, les marins russes et italiens s'entraîneront conjointement à la base de Tarente du 4 au 6 novembre avant de procéder aux manœuvres en mer.


Les exercices navals russo-italiens Ioniex se tiennent tous les ans depuis 2004 dans le cadre de la coopération militaire entre Moscou et Rome.

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19 juillet 2011 2 19 /07 /juillet /2011 06:35
Thales Alenia Space Italia awarded lead mandate for MUSIS-CIL Program

July 18, 2011 defpro.com


Cannes | Thales Alenia Space Italia announces the signature of a contract with OCCAR-EA (Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation) for the study phase for the definition and feasibility of the Multinational Space-based Imaging System (MUSIS) Federated Activities program. OCCAR-EA acted on behalf of the French and Italian Ministries of Defense, and awarded the contract to a Temporary Grouping of Companies made up of Astrium France and Thales Alenia Space France, led by Thales Alenia Space Italia.


The study is aimed at defining a Common Interoperability Layer (CIL) between the Ground Segments of the Italian COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation and the French CSO (Optical Space Component) high resolution optical system. The two defense ministries will be guaranteed access to both systems through this common interoperability, providing them with multi-sensor observation capabilities (SAR and Optical).


This approach has several objectives:

- guarantee mutual access for Italy and France to both SAR and high- and very-high resolution optical satellite capabilities, at the same time ensuring suitable mutual confidentiality requirements.

- reduce life cycle costs through the development of common user interfaces providing access for both national systems;

- ensure full consistency and compatibility with the development plans of the respective national programs.


The development of the CIL is part of the broader MUSIS program, which calls for a federation of several national systems endowed with complementary observation capabilities. Italy will contribute to this program by building, under the responsibility of the Italian Space Agency and the Ministry of Defense, two satellites equipped with radar sensors (with active SAR antenna) called COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation.


Although primarily designed to meet Italy and France's program and operational needs, the development of CIL will also give other countries interested in the MUSIS program access to the CSG and CSO systems and possibly extend its functions to other federated space components.


With the start of the MUSIS – CIL project, France and Italy, which have collaborated in the defense and space sector for decades, further strengthen their profitable bilateral relationship, putting it in an even European broader context where they can achieve their respective objectives and attain a common goal.


The COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation system represents the technological evolution of COSMO-SkyMed, made up of a constellation of four satellites., With cutting edge global technology, the system “watches” our planet day and night and under any atmospheric condition thanks to the high resolution X-band radar systems. Thales Alenia Space is the prime contractor, with responsibility for the entire system, including the Space and Ground Segment. COSMO-SkyMed is managed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) within the scope of an ASI/Defense joint Program Office and is the first completely dual project developed worldwide.


CSO (Composante Spatiale Optique – optical space component) is the follow-on to the Helios 2 French programme for which Thales Alenia Space will supply the very-high-resolution optical imaging instrument.

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