Paris, 18 June 2009 - Airbus Defence and Space Services has been selected by the Irish Department of Defence to deliver end-to-end welfare satellite communication services to its troops deployed overseas in Chad across three camps.
Airbus Defence and Space will provide Internet access with dedicated and guaranteed throughput to enable the Irish soldiers to stay in touch with their families and friends around the world at any time. The Irish troops will also have access by telephone to a free English speaking customer support desk open 24/7.
Airbus Defence and Space currently also provides telephone and Internet welfare communications services to French troops deployed overseas in Afghanistan, Chad, Lebanon and Kosovo. This service for 7,000 troops is part of a four year contract named Passerel. Airbus Defence and Space, through its subsidiary Paradigm, also provides welfare communication services to all UK armed forces deployed overseas as part of the Skynet 5 programme. This service is provided to 17,000 British Servicemen and women deployed globally until at least 2020.
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.
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