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3 octobre 2014 5 03 /10 /octobre /2014 12:50
Germany joins the EU Satcom Market

 

Brussels - 01 October, 2014 European Defence Agency

 

Germany has become the tenth member of the EU Satcom Market.  It joins Belgium, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, Romania, and the United Kingdom, in the European Defence Agency (EDA) led project designed to provide flexible commercial satellite communication (Comsatcom) solutions.

 

Germany has its own satellites and has good coverage with Comsatcom. However, the EU Satcom Market adds a flexible option on top of this portfolio. It offers a ‘pay per use’ model, so Member States do not have to pay a regular fee and instead only pay for the services that they use. As Germany offers an Operational Headquarters to EU Operations, it could draw on this option to cover multinational requirements.

Giampaolo Lillo, EDA Director for Cooperation Planning and Support said: “It is a big step to see Germany join the EU Satcom Market. This is another sign that the pooling and sharing initiatives offered by EDA are of real value for participating Member States. The more countries we have on board, the better prices the EU Satcom Market will be able to offer.”

 

EU Satcom Market

In the EU Satcom Market, EDA acts as the central purchasing body on behalf of the Contributing Members. It purchases bandwidth from a commercial Satcom provider (Airbus Defence & Space holds the current contract until 2015). Since May 2013, a total of 18 orders have been placed for a total value of around two million Euros.
EDA is working on enlarging the services offered through the project, as well as attracting additional Members to increase the pooling effect.

 

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9 juillet 2014 3 09 /07 /juillet /2014 12:50
Greece joining the EU SatCom Market

 

 

Athens - 09 July, 2014 European Defence Agency

 

On 27 June 2014, Greece signed the Project Arrangement concerning the ‘EU SatCom Market’, previously known as the ‘European SatCom Procurement Cell.’

 

It joins Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, Romania, and the United Kingdom. The Hellenic Republic will benefit from this EDA pooling initiative for commercial SatCom capacity and related services.

 

Giampaolo Lillo, director of the Cooperation Planning and Support directorate in EDA: “I am happy to see Greece joining the EU SatCom Market. Hellas is the 9th Member State to join the initiative. EDA offers tools for Operations and this is one more example how Member States can benefit from our efforts.”

 

The EU SatCom Market gives its Members the opportunity to place orders through EDA for Satellite Communications services on a ‘pay per use’ basis. EDA is acting as the central purchasing body towards a contractor (Airbus Defence & Space) on behalf of the Contributing Members, taking the burden off their shoulders. Since May 2013, a total of 16 orders have been passed for a total value of some two million euros.

 

“Greece is happy to be part of this initiative. We are running an EU Operational Headquarters in Larissa. Now with the EU SatCom Procurement Cell we have an additional option to cover the SatCom requirements – both nationally and on the European level.”

 

The renewal of the Framework Contract by September 2015 offers the opportunity to add services and opens the door for new members to this initiative.

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3 juillet 2014 4 03 /07 /juillet /2014 16:30
HighTech - L’Unité “Hochen” de Communication de Tsahal

 

25.06.2014 IsraelValley Desk

 

Tous les téléphones de soldats opérant depuis les bases de l’armée israélienne, toutes les images apparaissant sur les écrans des guetteurs de Tsahal aux frontières du pays, toutes les radios utilisées par les commandants de bataillons afin de donner les ordres sur le champ de bataille, convergent vers un centre névralgique : l’unité “Hochen”, unité avancée de communication de l’armée israélienne mise en place depuis moins de 10 ans et sans qui l’armée ne peut pas se déplacer. Rencontre avec les commandants des trois bataillons.

 

Hochen est une unité de technologie militaire et opérationnelle avant tout. Elle est composée de trois bataillons qui offrent des services de communication uniques à l’ensemble de l’armée israélienne, que ce soit sur terre, dans les airs ou en pleine mer. Elle se charge également de relier l’Unité des Renseignements de Tsahal aux organismes politiques et sécuritaires du pays. “Hochen est une unité qui doit être opérationnelle 24h/24h, 7 jours sur 7 en fonction des besoins de Tsahal”, explique le lieutenant-colonel Omer Cohen, commandant du bataillon “Amorim” spécialisé dans les communications de Tsahal par satellite. “Chaque bataillon est en état d’alerte dès lors que Tsahal est en mouvement, que ce soit au nord, au sud ou au centre du pays. Nos horaires et notre manière de travailler sont très similaires à ce que l’on observe dans les unités de combat”, poursuit-il.

 

Les trois bataillons qui composent l’unité Hochen existaient déjà séparément dans Tsahal, mais ils ont été regroupés en 2004. “Si il y a 10 ans vous me demandiez quel est le lien entre ces trois bataillons, il m’aurait été probablement difficile de vous répondre”, explique le lieutenant-colonel Shlomi Maman, commandant du bataillon “Itanim” chargé de relier le pays en moyen de communication physique de Eilat jusqu’à la frontière avec le Liban.

 

“Avant l’arrivée des réseaux physiques et virtuels qui relient le grand corps complexe qu’est Tsahal, chacun travaillait de manière indépendante en son sein”, précise t-il. Aujourd’hui, l’ensemble de Tsahal est inter-connecté, depuis les centres de commandement jusqu’aux soldats sur le terrain. En 2013, l’armée israélienne a finalement terminé le programme de numérisation de l’armée de terre conçu pour mettre en place des systèmes de contrôle qui permettent de donner une image instantanée des forces de Tsahal et des forces ennemies dans une zone donnée. Avec la numérisation du champ de bataille, des acteurs comme l’unité Hochen ont eu de nouvelles responsabilités sur le terrain.

 

“Aujourd’hui, tous les moyens technologiques sont mis à disposition des combattants sur le terrain et aucune opération ne peut se dérouler sans notre intervention”, explique le lieutenant-colonel Omer Cohen. “Notre slogan est « partout où nous le souhaitons, par tous les moyens que nous avons », sur terre, dans les airs et en mer”.

 

Le lieutenant-colonel Cohen raconte que lors de l’Opération “Divulgation Totale” qui a permis en février dernier d’arrêter le Cargo KLOS-C rempli d’armes venues d’Iran à destination des terroristes de la bande de Gaza, l’unité Hochen à assurer les liens de communication avec les combattants partis en pleine mer à plusieurs kilomètres d’Israël. “Aujourd’hui, les moyens de communication ne s’arrêtent pas aux outils que nous avons à disposition (téléphones portables, ordinateurs, radios…), ils ont une place à part entière dans la programmation d’une opération”, explique le lieutenant-colonel Itzhak, commandant du bataillon “Tsameret”, responsable de tous les services de communication en lien avec l’état-major de Tsahal et les institutions gouvernementales.

 

“Auparavant, les commandants nous disaient qu’ils n’avaient pas besoin de notre aide, qu’ils se débrouillaient très bien seuls. Aujourd’hui, ils se rendent compte que sans les renseignements que nous leur apportons en temps réel sur le terrain ils n’ont pas l’image complète de la situation qui leur permet de prendre les décisions au bon moment. Nous sommes devenus un vecteur de prise de décision incontournable dans l’armée”, explique t-il.

 

“La révolution technologique qu’a connu la société civile n’a pas oublié le monde de l’armée”, note le lieutenant-colonel Maman. “Aujourd’hui, il n’existe pas un exercice militaire, pas une opération militaire ou une formation de soldats qui peut se dérouler sans l’engagement des technologies de pointe que nous déployons pour assurer la communication de l’armée”, conclut le lieutenant-colonel Maman.

 

En plus de faciliter la défense du pays dans l’espace physique, l’unité Hochen prépare l’armée israélienne à se tenir prête face aux cyber-attaques dont les menaces augmentent d’année en année. “Dans cette guerre, il faut toujours savoir innover car l’ennemi trouve toujours un moyen de contourner les protections”, explique le lieutenant-colonel Cohen. Tsahal a prit certaines mesures afin de se protéger et minimiser les risques de cyberattaques contre ses systèmes de communication. En 2011, l’armée israélienne a crée une division officiel de cyberdéfense. Une salle a été crée et fonctionne 24h sur 24 et 7 jours sur 7 afin de faire face aux nombreuses menaces contre le système. Des officiers de la Division de Cyberdéfense sont présents partout dans l’armée afin d’être prêts a relever les défis de la guerre de demain.

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 07:55
SGDC photo Thales

SGDC photo Thales

 

Jun 25, 2013 by Richard Tomkins(UPI)

 

Cannes, France  - Brazilian Air Force personnel have completed training in France on operating the South American country's future military communications satellite.

 

The satellite, being built by Thales Alenia Space, is scheduled for launch in 2016 by Ariane Space.

 

The course involved instruction on systems that involve planning, design, construction, operation, and validation of space systems, the Brazilian military said.

 

In addition to the 2016 satellite, Brazil is to operate a military remote-sensing satellite constellation from 2018.

 

"We are participating in the construction of the satellites, and improving our knowledge of their operation, as we prepare for the next stage of the Strategic Program for Space Systems," said Lt. Col. Helcio Vieira Jr,, head of the Space Operations Center Principal Core, the air force unit that will operate all Brazilian military satellites.

 

The satellite to be launched in 2016 will serve the needs of Brazil's National Broadband Plan and will provide wide-area strategic communications in both civilian and military/government spheres. New capabilities as a result of the satellite include increased military communications capabilities in support of the SISFRON land border monitoring system, among others.

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 11:45
Thales supplies secure communications services for EU force in Central African Republic

 

17.06.2014 Thales
 

Thales has been chosen to supply and operate the European Union Force (EUFOR) with a highly secure communication and information system in the Central African Republic.

 

The system deployed and operated in theatre by Thales in the Central African Republic employs a wide range of technologies including satcom and point-to-point PMR radio links, fire-optic links, secure voice over IP (VoIP) and video on demand. All these services are available simultaneously and can be implemented extremely quickly, enhancing operational value for forces in the field. The system also provides data storage and back-up for users and military applications. Complex combinations of transmission solutions are required to meet the broad spectrum of operational situations encountered on this deployment, which increasingly call for data and video services as well as voice.

 

The contract covers three deployment phases. The first phase, involving the provision of secure communication services between chiefs of staff and in-theatre units, was completed in April. The second phase is now underway.

Thales will equip EUFOR’s two points of presence in Bangui as well as the European command headquarters in Larissa, Greece. The Central African theatre network is connected to Larissa via a satcom link also supplied and operated by Thales.

Thales’s experience as a supplier of information system and secure communication services proved decisive in the contract award. Since 2006, Thales has been delivering secure voice and data communication services for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Thales’s solution guarantees a very high level of telecommunication service availability for EUFOR, with highly qualified Thales on-site personnel operating the system around the clock.

 

“This success with EUFOR in Central African Republic is a further endorsement of the operational value of our turnkey network operations services and our ability to guarantee extremely high levels of reliability and availability for users.”

Gérard Herby, Services Director, secure communications and information systems activities, Thales.

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27 mai 2014 2 27 /05 /mai /2014 16:50
Peter Round: European Council prioritises EDA capability development initiatives

 

Brussels - 15 May, 2014 European Defence Agency

 

The European Council meeting in December 2013 provided a clear set of tasks for the EDA, with four areas of capability development identified as being particularly urgent. Peter Round, the EDA’s Capability Director, explains what this means for the Agency.

Air-to-air refuelling (AAR), remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), governmental satellite communications and cyber defence are the key issues which the European Council has identified as areas in which the EDA should work to fill in immediate capability gaps.

“Although these four tasks certainly occupy pole position in the Directorate’s thinking, they are not our only concerns. We need to examine these priorities in the context of our work as a whole. However, each of these four areas is on the priority list for a reason and they are worth examining in some detail,” said Round.

 

There can be no doubt there is a fundamental shortfall in European AAR capability. In operations over Libya, over 80% of all AAR missions were flown by US aircraft. One of the first challenges to be overcome, according to Round, is that the requirement for AAR is very different in peacetime to that in time of crisis – and that leads to all sorts of priority setting issues. “The obvious issue is that more capacity is required, but the background is complex and varies from nation to nation, so some strategic thinking has been necessary,” he said.

The first issue, therefore, has been to determine the best method of exploiting the existing fleet and satisfying short term demand. One solution has been to improve the efficiency of allocating various national assets and – in a move that mirrors some of the initiatives undertaken for the European Air Transport Command (EATC) – to improve and accelerate the process for gaining diplomatic clearance for AAR missions over foreign territories.

A parallel and potentially difficult issue to resolve is the two types of AAR technologies available – “booms” and “reels/hoses and drogues”.  Not all aircraft can accept fuel from both systems. The Royal Air Force, for example, currently has no indigenous refuelling capacity for the Rivet Joint signals intelligence platforms it is currently bringing into service and must depend on other nations assets if AAR is required.

Increased efficiency also comes from assuring adequate (and regular) training and the EDA is organising a number of what Round describes as “practical flying events,” the most recent of which took place at Decimomannu in Sardinia in late 2013. The next such event will focus on the use of Italian Boeing B767 tankers later this year.

Apart from improving the efficiency of current assets, the EDA is also working on initiatives including one looking at exploiting excess national capacity (with the UK’s Voyager fleet being a prime example.  A key piece of work is support to a Dutch and Norwegian led initiative to acquire a fleet of Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft which will make a significant contribution to European Capability through Pooling and Sharing, this aircraft will not only be a tanker but a very significant air transport asset as well.

 

The issues in the further evolution of RPAS are no less complex, but are significantly different. With the overwhelming majority of current requirements coming from the military – most of which, as Round said, have a provenance in the world of Urgent Operational Requirements – there is a tendency to forget that RPAS are most effective in an environment in which air supremacy is assured. Extending the RPAS capability from the military to the civil environment – in which the size of the market will be infinitely larger in the not-too-distant future – requires that attention be paid to a host of issues surrounding safety and public perception. “We absolutely have got to make RPAS acceptable ,” said Round.

The issue is one of the Agency’s Pioneer Projects, and aims at harnessing synergies in both military and civil domains, maximising dual-use technologies and overcoming the limitations of greater RPAS-use imposed by the lack of a harmonised framework allowing them to operate in civil airspace. Some of the problems associated with overcoming these limitations centre on the regulatory and certification domains.

In an important milestone, the MIDCAS (Midair Collision Avoidance System) project showed the capability of RPAS to operate safely beyond line of sight in a flight test in April 2013. “MIDCAS showed we are progressing towards ‘sense and avoid ;’ we have flown the airplane – it’s not pie in the sky,” said Round. He said “it has taken a long time – and great expense – to get to this stage but we have now reached the stepping-off point for the next generation: we’ve done it once, now we need to stop talking, and deliver a usable capability.” he said.

The DeSIRE programme (Demonstration of Satellites enabling the insertion of RPAS in Europe) has been a joint EDA/European Space Agency (ESA) initiative since 2010 and in spring 2013 achieved a significant progress during flight tests in Spain. Building on the capabilities the programme demonstrated, a joint investment programme, which was launched in 2012, will focus attention on solving the individual components of the issue – including sense and avoid, air traffic management interfaces and decision architecture - from this year. “There is cooperation in a host of disciplines – technological, training and maintenance among them” , said Round.

Most importantly we now have a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) community of users established through which we will continue work to move from our current Common Staff Requirement towards a Common Staff Target to define the next generation of RPAS for Europe.  “This is a very exciting development and clearly demonstrates the support within Europe for this type of Capability” said Round. 

 

A similar approach is being applied to the EDA’s work in the cyber domain, where the Agency provides “the defence element of a cross-Brussels cyber effort,” said Round. It is a domain that is sensitive, relatively new and not yet fully understood, though there have been no end of discussions trying to scope and size the credibility of the threat and therefore the appropriate nature of the response. “There is a lot of knowledge already in place, so the questions becomes where can we add value,” said Round.

The issue in cyber seems to revolve more around people than technology. Some observers estimate there is a requirement for fully trained cyber specialists is a hundred times the number in existence. This may seem like a scaremongering statistic  – but it is difficult to refute given current knowledge available in the public domain. As a result of the recognition of this and the picture revealed by the Agency stocktaking study, an unclassified version of which was presented in May last year, it is readily apparent that while there are strengths across Europe in leadership, personnel and interoperability work has to be done on doctrine, organisation and training.

So the EDA has conducted  a detailed Training Needs Analysis and currently works on building a comprehensive cyber defence curriculum. It is working closely with the US-led Multinational Capability Development Campaign to develop cyber defence operational planning and deploy situational awareness toolkits at headquarters level, thereby integrating consideration of cyber tasks into daily routines in missions and operations. It is working to promote its recently established Cyber Defence Research Agenda, the end result of which will be an R&T roadmap stretching out for the next ten years. It has already launched a project addressing the requirements for timely detection of advanced persistent threats – an area in which industrial espionage is as great a threat as military security. It has begun consultations under the umbrella of European Framework Cooperation to determine how to exploit the wealth of academic expertise in cryptology and information protection, turning it into practical solutions for timely implementation.

“We have done a lot of work in quite a short period and are confident we are heading towards early implementation of some effective solutions for Member States’ requirements in this critical domain,” said Round.

 

In terms of satellite communications (satcom) Round said this is “the ultimate Pooling & Sharing example.” The requirements for governmental satcom are very different in peacetime than in a period of crisis which, coupled with the high levels of capital expenditure involved in launching and maintaining satellites, means the incidence of capability is limited to a few nations – and even in those cases, despite the fact that satellites are ‘living longer,’ these capabilities will require replacement in the medium term future.

“Space is not a military domain – the requirements for exploitation of this type of capability stretch right across government. There is a real opportunity here to share capability,” said Round. The establishment of the European Satellite Communication Procurement Cell has enabled Member States with or without such capability to supplement or procure capability on an ad hoc basis. The French military, for example, bought capability through the European Satellite Communication Procurement Cell (ESCPC) to support their operations in Mali at extremely short notice.

 

Conclusions

While these four work strands dominate EDA capability development activity at the moment, they are not the be all and end all of this genre of effort. “One of the effects of recession is the need to work together – not the aspiration, the need. The longer Member States are involved in working together, the greater the level of trust that develops and therefore the clearer and swifter the path to success. Which leads to the likelihood of continued cooperation,” said Round. “We have significant experience of collaborative projects – and we have real, concrete, demonstrable success stories.”

 

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16 avril 2014 3 16 /04 /avril /2014 09:50
EDA Steering Board: Progress on the Implementation of Council Conclusions

 

Luxembourg - 15 April, 2014 European Defency Agency

 

At the EDA Steering Board of 15 April, the Agency updated Defence Ministers on the progress made in implementing the tasks set at December’s European Council. The main elements of the Agency’s report were on the four capability programmes, standardisation and certification, dual-use research, and the initial elements for a policy framework for long-term cooperation.

Claude-France Arnould Chief Executive of the European Defency Agency commented :

“this Steering Board has come only some four months after the European Council on Defence in December, which set a wide range of tasks for EDA. This meeting was an intermediate step, providing us with the first opportunity to update Defence Ministers collectively on the progress made before the first deliverables are due to be presented in June 2014. It also gave us the opportunity to get their views on the initial proposals for the policy framework for long term cooperation.”

 

The Four Key Capability Programmes

The European Council in December gave EDA responsibility for four key capability programmes.

 

Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR)

In AAR the EDA has taken a global approach, focusing on improving the refuelling capabilities in Europe in the short, medium, and long-term. Regarding the optimisation and pooling of existing assets, the first collective AAR clearance trial was successfully completed in Italy in September 2013 with a second one scheduled for September this year. The first multinational European Air-to-Air Refuelling Training (EART) was completed in Eindhoven in April 2014. Regarding longer term capabilities, work has progressed on the pooling of national requirements for new multi-role aircraft. A Request for Information was sent to industry in February on behalf of five participating countries -BE, ES, NL, PL and NO. A decision on the best-value option will be made by the end of 2014.

 

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)

Work continues to support the development of RPAS capabilities in Europe and exploit possible civil-military synergies. EDA is developing the requirements and business cases for a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) capability. During the Steering Board, France confirmed that it would take the lead within this work strand. This is being supported by the EDA’s other activities on air traffic insertion, airworthiness, and operational support.

 

Governmental Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM)

The Common Staff Target is being prepared for submission to the Steering Board in autumn 2014, with a view to proposing a comprehensive programme by early 2016. During the Steering Board, Spain offered to take the lead on GOVSATCOM.

 

Cyber Defence

Activities are continuing in the area of Cyber Defence, including education, training, and technologies. Ad hoc projects are also under way for Cyber Ranges and deployable Cyber Defence kits for headquarters.

 

Research

The European Council tasked the EDA to further stimulate dual-use research. At the Steering Board, an initial roadmap with actions to stimulate synergies between civil and military research was presented. EDA is conducting this work in close cooperation with the European Commission in support of Member States.

 

Standardisation and Certification

EDA is active in the field of military airworthiness with an initial set of European Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs) already published. Building on this experience, EDA is exploring the potential benefits of a harmonised approach to certification in other areas with Member States and the Commission. Work is on track for developing a roadmap for future hybrid and defence standards by mid-2014 in cooperation with the Commission.

 

Long term cooperation

The European Council Conclusions asked for a policy framework on long-term cooperation by the end of 2014. The objectives are to provide a coherent basis for defence cooperation in Europe, with appropriate mechanisms to support policy-review. Defence Ministers discussed the initial elements of this framework at the Steering Board.

 

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
Global Hawk Expands Satellite Communications Capability

 

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE – April 3, 2014 – Northrop Grumman

 

Demonstration at Beale Air Force Base proves system can send data independent of command and control

 

The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has completed a series of ground and air demonstrations at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., expanding the adaptability of the Global Hawk system to use an additional Satellite Communications (SATCOM) link to improve the transfer of mission data.

 

At the request of the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command, Northrop Grumman worked with Air Force partners to demonstrate that Global Hawk is compatible with different SATCOM architectures with no changes to the aircraft's hardware, software or payload. Taking place from Jan. 13-15, the demonstration highlighted a unique split link capability for Global Hawk that allows it to send mission data through a satellite link that is independent of the link used for command and control.

 

"This powerful demonstration illustrates Global Hawk's unique versatility," said Alfredo Ramirez, director and chief architect of Northrop Grumman's HALE Enterprise. "We're ecstatic with Global Hawk's ability to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products to operational end-users via multiple paths."

 

The combat-proven Global Hawk has logged more than 110,000 flight hours and carries a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor payloads to allow military commanders to gather near real-time images and uses radar to detect moving or stationary targets on the ground or at sea. The system supports antiterrorism, antipiracy, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, airborne communications and information sharing missions.

 

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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La DGA qualifie le satellite de communications franco-italien Athena-Fidus

 

20/03/2014 DGA

 

La direction générale de l’armement (DGA) a prononcé, le 14 mars 2014, la qualification du satellite franco-italien de télécommunications à très haut débit Athena-Fidus (Access on theatres for European allied forces nations - French Italian dual use satellite).

 

Depuis son lancement par une fusée Ariane 5 le 6 février dernier depuis Kourou, Athena-Fidus a été amené à sa position sur l’orbite géostationnaire et y a subi l’ensemble des tests permettant de valider à la fois son bon fonctionnement et la performance en communication des charges utiles française et italienne. La capacité ainsi qualifiée est désormais mise en oeuvre par les forces armées.

 

Athena-Fidus apporte de nouvelles capacités de télécommunications par satellite à très haut débit pour faire face à l’accroissement des besoins de défense et de sécurité en France et en Italie dans ce domaine. Ce satellite est complémentaire du système Syracuse 3 dont le remplacement à terme prévu par le programme COMSAT NG. Fonctionnant en bande Ka, Athena-Fidus prépare les satellites de demain par une utilisation innovante des standards de télécommunications civiles les plus performants (DVB-RCS et DVB-S2) pour la sécurité et la défense de la France et de ses alliés.

 

Athena-Fidus est cofinancé par la France et l’Italie à hauteur de 140 M€ chacune. Il s’appuie pour la part française sur un partenariat entre la Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) et le Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), et côté italien, entre le Secrétariat général pour la Défense (Segredifesa) et l’agence spatiale italienne (ASI). Le maître d’ouvrage du système est Thales Alenia Space (filiale conjointe de Thales et Finmeccanica).

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14 mars 2014 5 14 /03 /mars /2014 07:50
Progress for European Satellite Communication Procurement Cell (ESCPC)
 

Brussels - 05 February, 2014 European Defence Agency

 

Since the signature of a framework contract between EDA and Astrium Services in September 2012, ESCPC, the Agency’s initiative for the pooled procurement of commercial satellite communication services, has proven its operational and financial value by delivering concrete support to Member States. In 2013 the ESCPC scheme facilitated orders of more than €1 million. Three additional contributing Member States (Belgium, Finland and Luxembourg) have joined the five ESCPC founding nations (France, Italy, Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom) while others declared their interest in the pay-per-use scheme.

In military operations satellite communications are fundamental for Communication, Command and Control. They also allow operational effectiveness of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms, including Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. Member States often resort to commercial satellite communications either to complement similar military capabilities or as the sole means to effectively conduct military operations. The EDA ESCPC pools commercial satellite communication demand from a number of European defence departments, reducing costs by up to 20 per cent.

Astrium Services serves as the contractual, commercial and operational interface allowing for a flexible “pay per use” access to satellite communications with very little administrative burden for Member States.

 

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10 mars 2014 1 10 /03 /mars /2014 18:56
Airbus Defense and Space launches AuroraGlobal, its new high throughput satcom services

 

10 March 2014 astrium.eads.net

 

AuroraGlobal provides unmatched high throughput services set to address the growing needs of markets including government, maritime and enterprise

 

This new offer, available today, provides the best value next generation satcom-enabled solutions using Airbus Defense and Space’s global multi-band network

 

Following the recent creation of Airbus Defense and Space, the company launched the AuroraGlobal high throughput services for government, maritime and enterprise markets at Satellite 2014 in Washington DC as a response to increased bandwidth demand. This new portfolio of high throughput services – featuring Ku-, X-, and Ka-bands – provides increased throughput, without the need to change antenna systems.

 

Evert Dudok, Head of Communications, Intelligence & Security at Airbus Defense and Space, announced at Satellite 2014: “AuroraGlobal is now available and is setting new standards for high throughput services to provide the best value on the market. With this offer, Airbus Defense and Space is bringing its customers one step closer to next generation satcom whether it be military or commercial satellites such as Inmarsat’s Global Xpress and Intelsat’s Epic NG.”

 

It can provide enhanced X-band capabilities and performance for civil and military government purposes, dramatically increasing throughput up to four times more than current services using existing terminals, and enabling greater throughput via new smaller terminals, in line with growing operational needs. For instance, recent trials with hardened Skynet satellites at Airbus Defense and Space have proven that a 60-cm X-band terminal can support more than 70Mbps of throughput. Separate tests using the SCOT5 1.5-m naval terminals confirmed that levels of assured service throughput can be achieved at four times the current levels provided to Skynet customers.

 

In the maritime market, the customers will benefit from the next generation Ku-band VSAT service without the need to replace existing antenna. The new maritime VSAT offering is an all-in-one solution featuring twice the previous data volume allowances and twice the previous data speeds. It comes with unlimited L-band back-up service, as well as the new XChange platform, without having to invest in a new VSAT antenna.

Shipping companies can now select this offer and maintain the option to upgrade to future Ku- and Ka-band high throughput services.

 

In the Enterprise vertical markets, customers will further benefit from the latest technology fully compatible with high throughput satellites following the recent signature of a contract with Newtec. Customers will have access to new network hubs on Airbus Defense and Space’s teleports, optimizing frequency bands and providing throughput up to 150Mbps.

 

As part of the new offer, Airbus Defense and Space will also deliver Global Xpress high-speed broadband services through its worldwide distribution channels in the near future. The strategic agreement signed last December with Inmarsat covers key vertical markets – including the maritime, as well as the government and defense sectors – initially in Europe, and will allow us to provide highly competitive Ka-band services. In due course, Airbus Defense and Space’s Global Xpress offering will encompass all service types – packaged services, bandwidth capacity, as well as commercial and military Ka-band.

 

With the creation of Airbus Defense and Space, the combined satcom activities within the Communications, Intelligence & Security business line bring together the number one military satcom operator in the world and the leading commercial satcom provider for maritime and enterprise customers. AuroraGlobal complements other Airbus Defense and Space services provided at UHF-, L- and C-bands.

 

About Airbus Defense and Space

 

Airbus Defense and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defense and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defense enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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GATR Technologies awarded USD 440M Contract with US Army for Inflatable Satellite Communications Antennas

 

Jan 8, 2014 ASDNews Source : GATR Technologies

 

GATR Technologies ® announced today that it has been awarded a 5 year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the U.S. Army Project Manager, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T), Product Manager Satellite Communications (PdM SATCOM), Commercial SATCOM Terminal Program (CSTP) Office. This contract ceiling value of $440,045,436 will enable the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, and other Commands and Services to procure GATR’s WGS certified Inflatable Satellite Antennas (ISA) and associated hardware, services and support. GATR President Paul Gierow remarked, “This contract validates the sustained adoption of GATR’s technology by the Warfighter and signifies our evolution as provider of integrated solutions.”

 

The key innovation of GATR’s antenna is a flexible parabolic dish mounted within an inflatable sphere, reducing weight and packaged volume by as much as 80 percent and thereby improving the agility of deployed military and disaster response personnel. The GATR ISA also costs less to procure than conventional deployable systems, and dramatically cuts transportation expenses due to its lightweight design. Finally, the larger dish size enables more efficient use of satellite bandwidth capacity, increasing bandwidth for users and allowing more users to communicate simultaneously. U.S. and Allied militaries have fielded over 300 GATR ISA terminals since 2008, proving the technology’s strength and reliability.

 

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17 décembre 2013 2 17 /12 /décembre /2013 13:50
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Claude-France Arnould, la directrice exécutive de l'Agence européenne de défense (AED), estime que l'Union européenne risque de perdre son industrie de défense si elle ne s'engage pas rapidement dans des programmes de coopération militaire concrets.

 

17-12-2013 par Emmanuel Jarry - nouvelobs.com

 

PARIS (Reuters) - L'Union européenne risque de perdre son industrie de défense si elle ne s'engage pas rapidement dans des programmes de coopération militaire concrets, déclare la directrice exécutive de l'agence européenne chargée de coordonner ces efforts.

 

Les dirigeants européens ont prévu de débattre de leur politique de défense jeudi, lors de l'ultime Conseil européen de 2013, ce qui ne s'est plus vraiment produit depuis 2005, explique Claude-France Arnould dans une interview à Reuters.

 

Les ministres de la Défense des pays membres de l'AED (les Vingt-Huit moins le Danemark) se sont accordés en novembre sur le lancement de quatre programmes de coopération prioritaires pour l'UE : ravitaillement en vol, drones de reconnaissance, communications par satellite et cyberdéfense.

 

Ils ont invité la Commission européenne à renforcer dans ces domaines les synergies entre les programmes civils et militaires pour s'appuyer sur le développement de technologies duales.

 

La patronne de l'Agence européenne de défense (AED), un organisme de 120 experts qui fête ses dix années d'existence, attend du Conseil européen "l'impulsion politique" nécessaire.

 

L'idée d'origine de l'AED est de mutualiser les moyens pour éviter que de nombreux pays lancent les mêmes programmes - de blindés, d'avions de combat ou d'hélicoptères - au moment où les budgets de la défense se réduisent, seuls la France, la Pologne et le Royaume-Uni étant proches, dans l'Union européenne, de l'objectif d'y consacrer environ 2% de leur PIB.

 

Claude-France Arnould souhaite que l'on se concentre désormais sur les programmes d'avenir dans l'espoir d'enclencher une dynamique vertueuse dans les autres domaines.

 

"Nous attendons un engagement des chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement sur les quatre programmes", explique-t-elle. "Pour qu'ils deviennent une réalité, des arbitrages nationaux doivent être faits en ce sens et les ressources allouées."

 

PRÉPARER L'AVENIR

 

Elle ne cache pas que l'évaluation de leur coût et de leur financement constitueront une difficulté et un enjeu de la discussion mais récuse l'idée, défendue par la Commission européenne, qu'il soit possible de "faire plus avec moins".

 

"Personne ne peut sérieusement considérer que le contexte stratégique dans lequel nous sommes nous permet de réduire nos moyens de sécurité et de défense" dit-elle.

 

"Il y a un message très clair du partenaire américain : 'soyez capable de faire votre part en matière de défense et ne comptez plus sur nous pour le faire à votre place, c'est-à-dire pour fournir 80% des capacités de ravitaillement en vol ou de renseignement'", ajoute-t-elle.

 

Il ne s'agit pas d'ignorer la crise financière et ses conséquences mais de donner une priorité à la "préparation de l'avenir", fait encore valoir la directrice de l'AED.

 

Elle invite les dirigeants européens à tenir compte de l'apport de l'industrie de défense à l'emploi, la croissance et d'innovation : 750.000 emplois directs et indirects dans l'UE, dont la suppression serait une perte d'"autonomie stratégique".

 

"Le drame serait de se réveiller de la crise financière guéris mais en ayant perdu entre-temps toute notre capacité industrielle et technologique de défense", explique la directrice de l'AED, selon qui cela ne manquera pas de se produire "si l'on continue sur la tendance actuelle".

 

"Le cri d'alarme des industriels est vraiment à prendre tout à fait au sérieux. Pour certains d'entre eux, la solution c'est de quitter le secteur de la défense", ajoute-t-elle.

 

Le président exécutif d'EADS, Thomas Enders, a d'ores et déjà prévenu que le groupe aéronautique européen ne pourrait "faire l'économie (...) de suppressions d'emplois" dans ses filiales de l'industrie de défense.

 

Pour Claude-France Arnould, une condition du succès des programmes de coopération est qu'ils bénéficient à l'ensemble des Etats membres - une allusion à la Pologne, notamment, très soucieuse de l'avenir de sa propre industrie de défense.

 

INCITER À LA COOPÉRATION

 

Mais si la survie d'une industrie de défense européenne - et de l'idée d'Europe de la Défense - passe par cette coopération sur des programme concrets, "on n'y arrivera pas sans incitation financière", ajoute la directrice de l'AED.

 

Elle attend donc des Vingt-Huit qu'ils se penchent jeudi sur "les éléments financiers et fiscaux qui peuvent inciter à la coopération" et qu'ils donnent mandat au Haut représentant de l'UE pour les Affaires étrangères, à l'AED ou à la Commission européenne d'en étudier les modalités.

 

Selon Claude-France Arnould, les conclusions du Conseil européen pourraient évoquer un tel mandat.

 

Elle cite parmi les pistes envisageables des exonérations de TVA pour les programmes de coopération ou la constitution d'un "pool" pour l'acquisition d'équipements de défense.

 

"Il faut un vrai examen de ce qui est possible avec une clause de rendez-vous devant les chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement à aussi court terme que possible", ajoute Claude-France Arnould, selon qui il faut "faire travailler ensemble les communautés de la défense et des finances" sur ce dossier.

 

Cette coopération suppose aussi un effort de rationalisation et d'harmonisation des besoins des pays de l'UE qui, jusqu'ici, ne va pas nécessairement de soi - il y aurait ainsi 23 versions différentes de l'hélicoptère de transport NH90.

 

"Il ne faut pas recommencer ce qu'on a fait pour l'avion de combat, avoir trois rivaux européens (le Rafale français, le Gripen suédois et l'Eurofighter Typhoon) en compétition avec le F16 et le F35 américains", souligne Claude-France Arnould.

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Northrop Grumman Reinvents Satellite Communications for Aircraft

 

MOJAVE, Calif. -- Dec. 12, 2013 – GLOBE NEWSWIRE

 

In one year, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) took a satellite communications system normally used in space and transformed it into a high-functioning, low-cost communications system that can be used on aircraft.

 

The satellite communications (SATCOM) system was successfully demonstrated on board the company's Firebird demonstrator aircraft. Until now, no small communications system has been able to send sensor data to a satellite and back to a ground station at such a high rate of transfer.

 

"It's a game changer for those that need high-quality, real-time data, but don't want to – or can't – have a large, heavy communications system onboard," said Brett Amidon, director of Technology Development at Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems. "Our system provides beyond line of sight capabilities in a compact, lightweight, low-profile package."

 

During the demonstration, the SATCOM system rapidly provided full-motion video to the ground. For demo purposes, the system and associated test equipment were housed within a pylon-mounted structure attached to the top of the Firebird fuselage.

 

The system's small size saves a great deal of space, allowing more sensor payloads and equipment to be carried by the aircraft.

 

Northrop Grumman developed the SATCOM system using Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, which first gained attention as the source of brightly colored LED lights. GaN allows for high communications output while using very little physical space.

 

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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Defence Ministers Commit to Capability Programmes

 

Brussels | Nov 19, 2013 EU Defence Agency

 

At the meeting of the European Defence Agency’s Steering Board, Defence Ministers today committed to the launch of four programmes and their associated roadmaps in order to address critical shortfalls identified in recent operations. Increased cooperation in the areas of Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Governmental Satellite Communication and Cyber Defence as well as support to industry including SMEs with a focus on research & innovation and military airworthiness certification result from the meeting. They will also constitute a contribution of Defence Ministers to the European Council in December addressing defence and security issues. 

 

The objective of the EDA Steering Board on 19 November was to finalise Defence Ministers’ contribution to the European Council in December as regards capabilities and industry. Against the backdrop of constrained defence budgets, the focus is on the preparation of the capabilities of tomorrow through cooperation, supported by a healthy and competitive industry as well as technology.

“The discussion by Heads of State and Government at the forthcoming European Council is of utmost importance for European defence. We need recognition at the highest political level that defence – considering the diversity of threats and challenges – is a priority. In view of today’s constrained financial situation, this effort for defence must be fully efficient which implies cooperation and searching for synergies. Clearly, we cannot do ‘more with less’”, said Claude-France Arnould. 

EDA developed proposals to further enhance the development of defence capabilities and to support Europe’s defence industry. Defence Ministers today endorsed these proposals and committed to programmes and their associated roadmaps in the areas of AAR, RPAS, Governmental Satellite Communication and Cyber Defence. They also supported measures to support European defence research and innovation and industry, including SMEs. 
 

Air-to-Air Refuelling

Air-to-air refuelling (AAR) is a critical enabler for air power projection and it is required to enable sustained air combat operations. Recent operations have demonstrated an important European capability gap in this area. EDA has thus developed a global approach with three objectives: increase overall capacity; reduce fragmentation of the fleet; and optimise the use of assets. The Agency together with the Member States is engaged in four work strands to close this important capability gap, of which the most important for the future is the acquisition of a European strategic Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) capability from 2020. This builds on the Letter of Intent signed by nine Member States (BE, EL, ES, FR, HU, LU, PL, PT, NL) and NO at the Steering Board in November 2012. Work is led by NL. Synergies with other such capabilities are key to maximum efficiency; France is offering support from its own planned acquisitions, the UK Voyager is also an important contribution to this capability.
 

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)

RPAS have proven their value in the military sphere in recent operations demonstrating their operational capacities, particularly for surveillance and information gathering. Defence Ministers endorsed a roadmap on RPAS which aims at laying the foundations for a European solution in the 2020-2025 timeframe. The roadmap includes four actions: 

  • RPAS Certification. In the context of the Military Airworthiness Forum, the Agency is exploring together with national authorities and the European Aviation Safety Agency how to streamline the certification process for military RPAS on the European level. 

  • Signature of a Joint Investment Programme on RPAS for Air Traffic Insertion. The programme will focus on technological priorities such as sense and avoid, taxi, automatic take-off and landing, air traffic management interfaces, safe automated monitoring and decision architecture. These demonstration projects will be complementary to the activities of the European Commission in support of RPAS in order to seek synergies. Eight Member States (AT, BE, CZ, DE, ES, FR, IT, UK) signed the programme during the Steering Board. 

  • Future European RPAS MALE Programme. Defence Ministers today endorsed the Common Staff Target for Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS as the basis for those Member States which intend to participate in any future project to develop a Common Staff Requirement; in this context Ministers tasked EDA to prepare the launch of a Category B project.

  • Establishment of a MALE RPAS community. The objective of this community is to exchange information as well as to identify and facilitate cooperation among Member States which currently operate or plan to operate RPAS. At the Steering Board meeting on 19 November 2013 seven Member States (FR, DE, EL, ES, IT, NL, and PL) signed a Letter of Intent to join the Community.

 

Governmental Satellite Communications

Satellite communications have become critical elements for defence, security, humanitarian, emergency response or diplomatic communications. They are a key enabler for civil and military missions/operations in particular in remote and austere environments with little or no infrastructure. Additionally, there is strong potential for a dual-use cooperative approach. The objective of EDA’s proposal for Governmental Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM) is to prepare the next generation in the 2025 timeframe. In close cooperation with Member States, the European Commission and the European Space Agency, the programme includes (i) establishing a GOVSATCOM Operators User Group of the five Member States (DE, ES, FR, IT, UK) that operate systems; (ii) identifying and producing Common Staff Targets for future mission requirements; (iii) on this basis, undertake a gap analysis and an updated Strategic Research Agenda; (iv) coordinating civil and military requirements; and (v) preparing a Category B project for Member States interested in due course.

 

Cyber Defence

On Cyber Defence, EDA was tasked to develop, in close coordination with Member States, EEAS and the European Commission, a comprehensive roadmap for strengthening Cyber Defence Capabilities. Based on the work already commenced by EDA, the main elements of the roadmap are training, improving cyber situational awareness, improving civil/military cooperation, the protection of EU assets during missions and operations and technological aspects.

 

Support to industry

Defence industry in Europe, including SMEs, underpins the development of the capabilities of tomorrow. Research and innovation and certification provide strong industrial leverage. In this regard, Ministers agreed to support research and innovation in Europe through prioritisation (list of European critical defence technologies), through exploring new instruments for investing in critical technologies and greater synergies with EU instruments. Special attention is given to supporting SMEs.
 

Airworthiness

The development of a full suite of harmonised European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs), together with mutual recognition between participating Member States is a ‘key enabler’ to reduce defence expenditure. At the same time it contributes to an improved and more competitive European defence aerospace industry. The implementation of the EMARS into national regulations will unlock benefits for both Member States and industry to reduce aircraft support and certification costs (for both future and legacy platforms). It will also enable an open European market for the ‘Pooling & Sharing’ of aircraft maintenance resources, enhance ‘test and evaluation’ activities and significantly drive down the duplication of effort between and within Member States. Defence Ministers signed a Political Declaration on Certification and Airworthiness to achieve long-term results. The Agency is also tasked to prepare, in close coordination with Member States, the European framework conditions for certifying RPAS.

 

 

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 11:55
Comsat NG : un contrat espéré en 2015

Les deux satellites Syracuse 3 devront être remplacés au tournant de la décennie.

 

10/09/2013 Par Guillaume Steuer  air-cosmos.com

 

"Afin de pouvoir assurer correctement la transition avec la capacité actuelle, il faudrait pouvoir notifier le lancement de Comsat NG en 2015", expliquait ce matin au salon Euroconsult le capitaine de vaisseau Alexis Latty, reponsable des programmes de commandement et maîtrise de l'information (CMI) à l'Etat-major des armées. L'officier s'exprimait dans le cadre d'une table ronde consacrée aux satellites de télécommunication militaires (Satcom).

Pour les armées, l'objectif est de remplacer la capacité que représentent aujourd'hui les deux satellites Syracuse 3 en orbite. Le projet de loi de programmation militaire confirme le lancement de l'opération Comsat NG sur la période 2014-2019, "éventuellement sous forme non patrimoniale".

 

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25 juin 2013 2 25 /06 /juin /2013 16:50
EDA Proposes Pooling & Sharing of Governmental SATCOM
Paris | Jun 20, 2013 European Defence Agency
 

At a high-level seminar on governmental satellite communication (SATCOM) at the International Paris Airshow “Le Bourget” on 19 June the European Defence Agency (EDA) presented and discussed its “Secure Telecom by Satellite” (SECTELSAT) concept for future governmental SATCOM.

 

Currently, five European nations operate military satellite communication assets: the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and Germany. In the timeframe 2018-2025 all these assets will need to be replaced. This creates a unique opportunity for Pooling & Sharing this type of satellites which EDA is promoting with its “Secure Telecom by Satellite” (SECTELSAT) concept for a European-wide use of governmental SATCOM. The intergovernmental approach proposed by EDA suggests a cross-use of future governmental assets on a broader basis and significant synergies if future programmes can be coordinated. 

 

“With its European Satellite Communication Procurement Cell (ESCPC), the European Defence Agency has already delivered a concrete Pooling & Sharing tool in the area of commercial satellite communications. Our proposal for governmental SATCOM goes one step further. Pooling & Sharing of critical assets is an opportunity as much as a necessity in times of tight defence budgets and eroding capabilities”, says Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, at the opening of the high-level seminar.

 

Secure Telecom by Satellite

EDA’s concept includes the pooling of future assets with a coordinated approach to collect and harmonise national requirements of EU Member States that operate MILSATCOM, and possibly to pave the way for future cooperative ad hoc programmes. At the same time, it proposes to share future assets by leasing parts of governmental SATCOM for defence and security services to additional Member States (including Norway and Switzerland) with significant requirements. Future assets would also be shared by offering a new capability package that could benefit from EU funding for its internal and external connectivity needs through more resilient networks.

 

High-Level Seminar

The high-level seminar was divided into an open seminar on SATCOM policies and plans with speakers from the EDA, the EU Military Committee, the European Commission, the European Space Agency, EU Member States and industry representatives. During the closed afternoon session capability planners and governmental SATCOM programme managers discussed the way ahead, an action plan as well as possible Pooling & Sharing options.

 

Background

 In military operations satellite communications are fundamental for Communication, Command and Control. They also allow operational effectiveness of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms, including Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. In 2012 the Agency launched the European Satellite Communications Procurement Cell (ESCPC) to pool and share commercial satellite communications services. Five Member States (France, Italy, Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom) participate in a framework contract the Agency concluded with Astrium Services to use commercial bands. ESCPC can for instance support outsourced logistic services with the provision of a backbone network for any national, EU-led or coalition operation.

 

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EDA Proposes Pooling and Sharing of Governmental SATCOM
Paris | Jun 20, 2013 European Defence Agency
 

At a high-level seminar on governmental satellite communication (SATCOM) at the International Paris Airshow “Le Bourget” on 19 June the European Defence Agency (EDA) presented and discussed its “Secure Telecom by Satellite” (SECTELSAT) concept for future governmental SATCOM.

 

Currently, five European nations operate military satellite communication assets: the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and Germany. In the timeframe 2018-2025 all these assets will need to be replaced. This creates a unique opportunity for Pooling & Sharing this type of satellites which EDA is promoting with its “Secure Telecom by Satellite” (SECTELSAT) concept for a European-wide use of governmental SATCOM. The intergovernmental approach proposed by EDA suggests a cross-use of future governmental assets on a broader basis and significant synergies if future programmes can be coordinated.
“With its European Satellite Communication Procurement Cell (ESCPC), the European Defence Agency has already delivered a concrete Pooling & Sharing tool in the area of commercial satellite communications. Our proposal for governmental SATCOM goes one step further. Pooling & Sharing of critical assets is an opportunity as much as a necessity in times of tight defence budgets and eroding capabilities”, says Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, at the opening of the high-level seminar.

 

Secure Telecom by Satellite

EDA’s concept includes the pooling of future assets with a coordinated approach to collect and harmonise national requirements of EU Member States that operate MILSATCOM, and possibly to pave the way for future cooperative ad hoc programmes. At the same time, it proposes to share future assets by leasing parts of governmental SATCOM for defence and security services to additional Member States (including Norway and Switzerland) with significant requirements. Future assets would also be shared by offering a new capability package that could benefit from EU funding for its internal and external connectivity needs through more resilient networks.

 

High-Level Seminar

The high-level seminar was divided into an open seminar on SATCOM policies and plans with speakers from the EDA, the EU Military Committee, the European Commission, the European Space Agency, EU Member States and industry representatives. During the closed afternoon session capability planners and governmental SATCOM programme managers discussed the way ahead, an action plan as well as possible Pooling & Sharing options.

 

Background

 In military operations satellite communications are fundamental for Communication, Command and Control. They also allow operational effectiveness of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms, including Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. In 2012 the Agency launched the European Satellite Communications Procurement Cell (ESCPC) to pool and share commercial satellite communications services. Five Member States (France, Italy, Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom) participate in a framework contract the Agency concluded with Astrium Services to use commercial bands. ESCPC can for instance support outsourced logistic services with the provision of a backbone network for any national, EU-led or coalition operation.

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21 mai 2013 2 21 /05 /mai /2013 11:20
Boeing Ships 6th Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite for Launch

May 21, 2013 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

Boeing [NYSE: BA] is progressing with the expansion of the U.S Defense Department's highest capacity communications satellite constellation, recently shipping its sixth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite, pictured here in the company's El Segundo facility, for a scheduled launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., later this year.

 

Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Air Force on WGS-6, the Australian Defence Force will have global access to the WGS on-orbit constellation.

 

This is the second WGS satellite Boeing has delivered for launch this year. WGS-5 is ready to launch on May 22.

 

WGS-6 will undergo tests, fueling and integration in Titusville, Fla., before being launched. Once in service, the satellite will expand bandwidth capacity, coverage and flexibility for American and allied military forces.

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Telstra Wins A$1.1 Bn Satcoms Contract

April 18, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued April 18, 2013)

 

Defence Awards Telstra Six-Year Contract for Enhanced Telecommunications

 

Defence has signed a $1.1 billion contract with Telstra for the provision of telecommunications services.

 

The six-and-a-half year contract will enable Defence to transform its communications technology including better integrating fixed telecommunications with satellite and tactical networks.

 

Defence Chief Information Officer Dr Peter Lawrence said the transformation of its network was central to wider strategic reforms throughout the Department.

 

“This partnership will deliver Defence with robust and secure information communications technology, while creating greater efficiencies and lower costs,” Dr Lawrence said.

 

“The project includes a major transformation program of work and the ongoing sustainment of Defence’s telecommunications environment.”

 

Telstra Chief Executive Officer David Thodey said the work with Defence would draw on the company’s long heritage of serving Government customers and its experience of large scale network transformations.

 

“Telstra’s aim is to deliver technology that can become the backbone of Australian Defence for the next decade and beyond,” Mr Thodey said.

 

“The agreement represents the largest customer undertaking in Telstra’s history and will support military operations at home and abroad.

 

“We will create 350 new positions to help serve the contract, including recruiting some of the nation’s leading IT, network and security experts.

 

“The use of technology such as unified communications, advanced video conferencing as well as tablet and smartphone usage, will provide a vital link connecting troops, commanders, bases and allies around the world,” he said.

 

Defence will partner with Telstra to implement the transformed network solution which has a targeted completion date of mid-2016.

 

The Defence telecommunications network includes networks at 430 sites in Australia, supporting some 100,000 users in Australia and overseas. The project will significantly improve network performance and meet capability requirements to 2023.

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