BRUSSELS, 29 Sept. 2012. Astrium, a European space technology company, has been awarded a three year contract by the European Defense Agency (EDA) to provide commercial satellite communications capacity for European military needs. This contract will be managed by the EDA's procurement cell, the European Satellite Communications Procurement Cell (ESCPC).
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Satellite communications are critical operational enablers that link both command and control systems and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR) and targeting systems. Demand is growing significantly, and is partially caused by the widespread use of data rate hungry applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on the battlefields, which require significant satcoms capacity for control and transmission of data from sensors.
Astrium Services offers a choice of frequency bands covering L, C, Ku, Ka, X and UHF, providing satellite-based military communication services to many armed forces in the world, including those of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, the United States and NATO.