Against the backdrop of rising ‘peer’ and regional state rivals, the role of space-based assets for effective missile defence will be critical.
France looks to enhance space capabilities
The Data Systems division of Safran is working on a contract from Space Command (Commandement de l’Espace - CDE) in the French Air and Space Force, for the provision of SIGINT from spacecraft.
Few details regarding the specifics of the contract, its value or duration have been released since it was announced in October; a French MoD spokesperson cited commercial and operational sensitivities when approached by Shephard.
However, it is known that Safran will lead efforts to detect, locate and characterise RF emissions from satellites. This intelligence will clearly have several uses for CDE, which is tasked with …
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