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Gerhard Heiming

The European Defence Agency (EDA) has awarded Airbus a framework contract to provide access to satellite communication services for EU military and civil missions.

The four year “EU SatCom Market” contract covers the provision of satellite communications (in the C, Ku, Ka and L frequency ranges), the sale or rental of terminals and the provision of “turnkey solutions”, particularly for use outside the EU. For this contract, Airbus has teamed up with Marlink, who will supply some of the terminals and certain L- and Ku-band services.

Satellite communications play an essential role in European civil and military peacekeeping and security missions in addition to their functions for technical, economic development and cooperation roles. Under the project name “EU SatCom Market”, the EDA has been centralising and coordinating the demand for satellite communication services since 2012, with the aim of accessing these services more economically and effectively. The services provided via “EU SatCom Market” have already been used successfully for several years in various EU civil and military missions.

With the new contract, around 32 contributing members, including 20 European defence ministries, will now be able to access satellite solutions and services quickly and efficiently through the EDA with access to these services available worldwide. Airbus has many years experience supplying satellite communications on a global scale and in all commercial and military frequency bands.

European providers of essential services can also benefit from these services.