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Cerberus at the gate

24th December 2019 - 11:15 GMT | by Thomas Withington in Toulouse


The French government has announced the completion of test flights for its aerostat-based CERBERE signals intelligence system, nine years after the programme first got underway.

In 2013, France’s Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA/General Armaments Directorate) defence procurement agency launched the CERBERE (Capacité Expérimentale Renseignement d'Origine Ėlectromagnétique Pour Ballons et Aérostats Légers/Experimental Signals Intelligence Capacity for Balloons and Light Aerostats) programme which has developed a signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection system equipping a tethered aerostat.

According to a written statement provided to Shephard by the DGA the initiative was spurred by the increasing sophistication of battlefield communications systems which the French military

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Thomas Withington


Thomas Withington

Thomas Withington is an award-winning analyst and writer specialising in electronic warfare, radar and military …

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