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France announces plans for third Syracuse IV satellite launch

6th November 2018 - 15:35 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


The French Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed it intends on fielding a third independently owned satellite, as a new addition to its current Syracuse IV SATCOM programme.

Detailing the announcement at GlobalMilSatCom in London on 6 November, Col Laurent Jannin, head of French SATCOM programmes at DGA, said the move would help to deliver ‘operational continuity’ explaining that the third satellite is expected to be in service by 2030.

Industry commitments for Syracuse IV were first publicised in 2015, when a joint venture between Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defence and Space (DS) was confirmed as France’s chosen partners

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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