Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space Services to supply PASSEREL communications services to France’s troops

Wednesday 20 February 2008 - Airbus Defence and Space Services has been selected by France’s "Economat des Armées" (French MoD's Joint Logistics and Supply Agency) to deliver PASSEREL end-to-end communications services to France’s troops deployed overseas, primarily in the Balkans, Africa, and Middle-East.

  • Four year contract to service all major French bases overseas

The comprehensive PASSEREL contract includes providing voice and internet services for more than 10,000 service personnel stationed around the world. PASSEREL services enable troops to stay in touch with family and friends by telephone, email and via the Internet.

As well as providing fixed telephone points in “call shops” and Internet cafés, PASSEREL services will also provide an innovative wireless network for individual telephone and laptop users. The wireless service will cover recreational areas including canteens and sleeping quarters, barracks of national and multinational compounds allowing troops to make and receive calls, surf the web and email, with unequalled flexibility, comfort and mobility.

The service will enable French and co-located troops from other nations to make wireless telephone calls to each other on the base free of charge, as well as telephoning and receiving calls from friends and family back in France and around the world. Wireless telephones, available for troops to buy as part of the service offered by Airbus Defence and Space, will be able to receive calls - meaning that friends and family can direct-dial service personnel on camps at any time.

Troops will be able to buy various types of prepaid cards for phone time or web-browsing from Economat des Armées outlets or from the secure PASSEREL Intranet for account management or top-ups, to get access to services provided by Airbus Defence and Space.

All telephone and internet services are secure and are switched around the world using satellite communications provided by Airbus Defence and Space to meet the expectations of both individuals and the military establishment.

Eric Béranger, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, said: "This new generation of individual services is a major improvement for the military in operations worldwide. These services are an important part of our end-to-end PASSEREL services portfolio, which are truly flexible and tailored to meet different national requirements."

The PASSEREL contract awarded to Airbus Defence and Space for four years for the provision of private communications services to the Economat des Armées as needed around the world, benefits from the experience gained with the UK Welfare services contract provided by Paradigm. Part of Airbus Defence and Space, Paradigm has been responsible for the provision of WelComE (Welfare Communications Everywhere) services to the UK Armed Forces since September 1999, and has provided over a million hours of welfare telephone calls, since Op Telic began.

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2006, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €3.2 billion and 12,000 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 its wholly owned subsidiary Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services.

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, offers a unique ‘one-stop shop’ in the satellite services market, with unrivalled capability and expertise in secure communications, Earth observation services and navigation services. The European provider of milsatcom services, including the pioneering Skynet 5 service, and a world-leading supplier of geo-information products and services, Airbus Defence and Space meets its customers' requirements with innovative and highly competitive end-to-end solutions.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €39.4 billion and employed a workforce of more than 116, 000.


Press Contacts:

Jeremy Close Airbus Defence and Space UK Tel:  +44 (0)1438 77 3872 

Mathias Pikelj Airbus Defence and Space GER Tel : +49 (0) 7545 8 91 23

Francisco Lechon Airbus Defence and Space ESP Tel: +34 (0) 91 586 37 41

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