Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space to coordinate European Member States’ commercial satellite communication needs

  • Airbus Defence and Space signs contract with the European Defence Agency
  • A centralised framework to be developed for commercial SATCOM  procurement


Paris, 5th January 2010 Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded a contract by the European Defence Agency (EDA) for a new preparatory study aimed at coordinating the future military communication needs of the European Union (EU).The one year pilot project aims at creating a centralised system for the procurement of satellite communications (SATCOM) on commercial space capacity, such as Ku, Ka and C bands.


Over the next year, Airbus Defence and Space will map out the SATCOM requirements of the European Member States’ respective armed forces, whilst developing an operational framework for the European Satellite Communication Procurement Cell (ESCPC). The aim of the ESCPC will be to coordinate and aggregate EU Member States’ orders for satellite communications services – ultimately ensuring the best and most cost-effective access to commercial capacity for military purposes.


Once the ESCPC is in place, Airbus Defence and Space will be able to offer its unique one-stop-shop 24/7 approach, via its London Satellite Exchange (LSE) subsidiary, and will be ready to manage and execute a full Catalogue of Services. 


Eric Béranger, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, said:

“Airbus Defence and Space will enable the EDA to develop a flexible procurement process across the EU. Over the next year, we will be working closely with Member States to assess their SATCOM requirements and their communication needs and we will propose the ESCPC solutions to answer them.”


Airbus Defence and Space is well positioned to coordinate this ambitious project given its experience in providing military users with access to commercial SATCOM capacity and value added services (anchoring, backhauling), such as the ASTEL-S services to the French Ministry of Defence.


Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.3 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 the development and delivery of satellite services.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118, 000.


Press contacts:

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                      Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

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

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