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France looks to enhance space capabilities

14th December 2020 - 17:15 GMT | by Thomas Withington in Toulouse

Safran is leading a largely secretive SIGINT effort to detect RF emissions from satellites.

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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