Airbus Defence and Space is supplying satellite communications systems to support EU security missions in Mali, Niger and Somalia.
The satcom services are being delivered as part of the EU SatCom Market framework contract awarded to the company by the European Defence Agency (EDA).
EDA cooperation planning and support director Roland Van Reybroeck said: "The EU SatCom Market project has successfully developed since 2009 as a solution for interested members states and EU entities to access better quality satellite communications services, under better economic conditions, with less burden.
“It is a perfect example of how EDA can combine its industry knowledge, technical expertise and experience in procurement to support EU operations / missions and member states in their procurement procedures and save scarce resources at no additional cost.”
The contract tasks Airbus with providing X-band and UHF-band military satcom services, in addition to commercial C, Ku, Ka and L-band satcom services.
Airbus has installed C-band satcom systems between Europe and Somalia, Niger and Mali, as well as satellite-based mobile phone terminals to enable communications in Malian and Nigerien territories.
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The satellite communications are required for connecting command and control centres, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) tools.
The EU military training missions in Somalia (EUTM Somalia), as well as the EU capacity-building mission (EUCAP) Sahel Niger, aim to support the respective governments to strengthen their stability and respond to the security issues faced by their populations.
Image: The EU SatCom Market agreement allows EU member states to purchase satellite communication capabilities. Photo: courtesy of Airbus DS.