Airbus Defence and Space

The French Ministry of Defence renews its satellite telecommunications services contract with Airbus Defence and Space

Le Bourget, 18 June 2009 – The French Ministry of Defence’s telecommunications operator, DIRISI, awarded the entire ASTEL-S contract to Airbus Defence and Space Services at the end of April 2009. Airbus Defence and Space has now become the ministry’s sole supplier in the private sector of fixed satellite services. Eric Béranger, CEO Airbus Defence and Space Services said: “This success confirms the French Ministry of Defence’s keen interest in our portfolio of services and their satisfaction with the quality of what we offer."

A tailored service

The four-year contract will provide French forces all over the world with civil (Ku-, Ka- and C-band) and military (UHF- and X-band) satellite telecommunications services that complement the Syracuse network. Airbus Defence and Space’ subsidiary, the London Satellite Exchange (LSE), will provide a one-stop shop to meet the needs of the French armed forces and ensure 24/7 service. This contract follows on from the first ASTEL-S contract, which was awarded by the French Ministry of Defence in May 2005 and under which Airbus Defence and Space provided satellite capacity in specific bands. The DIRISI assesses the French Ministry of Defence’s need for capacity could be up to 100 MHz frequency range.


New features

The new ASTEL-S contract includes the provision of satellite capacity in the UHF- and Ka-bands. Complementary teleport services will also be provided throughout the world with links back to the Ministry of Defence’s sites in France.


The ASTEL-S civil satellite services will also ensure links between French Navy vessels equipped with C- and Ku-band antennas, Air Force users (especially SIDM drones), Army units equipped with tri-band ground terminals and the Ministry of Defence’s teleports (France Sud, Houilles, Six-Fours, Réunion Island, etc.). Furthermore, complementary services will provide direct links with the Ministry of Defence’s sites in France.


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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