Estonia, Spain join EU SatCom Market
Spain and Estonia have joined the European Defence Agency's (EDA's) EU SatCom Market project, becoming the 21st and 22nd members to join the initiative, the EDA announced on 1 March.
The EDA launched the EU SatCom Market project in 2009. The project aims to pool and share commercial satellite communications services in order to efficiently and cost effectively provide commercially available SatCom and related services to member nations, improving operational effects. The commercial satellite communications are used by all nations to provide extra capacity on top of their own military and governmental satellite communications.
Within the EU SatCom Market project, the EDA acts as the central purchasing body on behalf of the contributing members. The current framework contract was signed in January 2016 with Airbus Defence and Space as the services provider.
The current 22 contributing members are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Portugal, Romania, the UK, Spain, Serbia, the Athena Mechanism and the civilian missions EUCAP SAHEL Niger, EUCAP SAHEL Mali, EUAM Ukraine, EUCAP NESTOR and EUMM Georgia.
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