• Bundeswehr awards a four year welfare communications services contract to Airbus Defence and Space.
• Airbus Defence and Space Services will provide German troops with Internet access and GSM networks for private use.
Ottobrunn, 19 January 2011 – The German Bundeswehr has awarded a contract to Airbus Defence and Space, the European leader for space technologies for the delivery of “Welfare Communication Services” to deployed German troops. The multi-million euro contract covers current and future Bundeswehr operations. A six-month implementation phase started on 1 January 2011, after which services will be available to troops from 1 July 2011, for four years.
“Welfare Communication Services” is the provision of a full range of telecommunication infrastructure and related services for deployed troops, enabling them to call their families and friends back home, to access the Internet and GSM networks, send and receive emails and.video telephony.
Providing troops with easy access to telephone, email, the Internet, sports info, local news from their home city or region, and social networks is vital in maintaining morale. The Bundeswehr also intends to provide 30 free phone minutes per week for each deployed German soldier.
Airbus Defence and Space has a decade of experience in delivering sophisticated Welfare Communications to both deployed British (“WelComE” services) and French troops (“Passerel” services). This pan-European approach enables wide synergies to be developed, which ultimately ensures the German welfare services benefit from the highest possible quality and reliability.
About Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.8 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment, and Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive end-to-end value-added solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.
AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.
Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK) Tel.: +44 (0)1438 778180
Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR) Tel.: +33 (0)1 77 75 80 32
Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER) Tel.: +49 (0)89 607 33971
Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP) Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41