Airbus and Telespazio (Leonardo/Thales) have set up a partnership to market military telecommunications services using the future Syracuse IV satellites. This partnership will lead to the creation of France’s leading private operator of military satellite telecommunications. It demonstrates the desire for cooperation by European industrial prime contractors Airbus, Thales and Leonardo, as well as the French State, in marketing Syracuse IV satellite capacity for the benefit of armed and security forces in Europe and around the world. Bringing down total cost of ownership Airbus and Telespazio will be able to sell Syracuse IV satellite capacity and high-added-value services like anchor capacity The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), Airbus, Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio have put together an innovative financing initiative, enabling any excess satellite capacity to be sold to third-party customers, thereby bringing down the total cost of ownership of the Syracuse IV system. These sales contracts, scheduled for a 10-year period, will enable allied countries or organisations to be offered simple, flexible and reactive access to a strategic resource, thus strengthening France’s international cooperation arrangements in the field of defence and security. With this partnership, Airbus and Telespazio will be able to sell Syracuse IV satellite capacity and various high-added-value services such as anchor capacity (connection of satellite communications to the ground networks of third-party customers), end-to-end services with capacity and throughput guarantees, engineering and maintenance services. These services will be accessible over a broad area ranging from French Guiana to the Straits of Malacca and will be deployed for maritime, terrestrial and air uses. Video, voice and data via IP Allied forces will thus have access to communication capacity in X-band, military Ka-band and X/Ka dual-band mode, offering unique flexibility while benefiting from the highest levels of protection and hardening provided for in the NATO standards. Their units deployed in the field will be able to exchange video, voice and data via all-IP (Internet Protocol) communications at rates of up to several hundred Mbit/s. Telespazio is proud to consolidate its role as a trusted operator of French military telecommunications satellites" “Airbus is capitalising on the unique experience of satellite services for the armed forces to enhance its range with a system equipped with the most advanced space and terrestrial telecommunication technologies,” said Eric Souleres, Head of Communications, Intelligence & Security Engineering at Airbus Defence and Space. “Building on its expertise in the field, Telespazio is proud to consolidate its role as a trusted operator of French military telecommunications satellites and contribute to an innovative operation which will round out its world-class range of government capacity services,” said Jean-Marc Gardin, CEO of Telespazio France and Deputy CEO of the Telespazio Group. Ensuring communications in operational areas Syracuse IV is a telecommunication system consisting of two military satellites, Syracuse 4A and 4B, plus ground stations to ensure communications in the operational areas and with mainland France. These two 3.5-tonne class, electric-propulsion geostationary satellites are being built by an industrial group consisting of Thales Alenia Space and Airbus, with launch planned for 2022. They will be supplemented in around 2030 by a third satellite in order to meet the growing needs, in particular the specific needs of air vehicles (aircraft, UAVs). These new-generation satellites will be the first to offer a completely flexible reconfiguration of the X and Ka-band military payload as well as the means of protection and hardening against cyber, jamming, intercept and EMP-type threats.
DESCARTES STCA to provide air operations forces with an IP-based telephone service The consortium consisting of ENGIE Ineo as prime contractor and Airbus Defence and Space as co-contractor has been awarded the DESCARTES STCA contract to deliver a high-availability communications network to control the air operations of the French Ministry of Defence. This eight-year contract signed with the French defence procurement agency (DGA) is part of the DESCARTES programme. DESCARTES STCA will provide forces involved in air operations with an Internet-Protocol (IP) based, secure, cross-site telephone service to allow military missions to be carried out consistently with civil air traffic control and NATO networks, and to contribute to the implementation of the single European sky. The contract covers the design, deployment and support of the operational telephone system as well as the security system meeting air traffic control’s very high availability and resilience requirements. It will be rolled out on around 60 sites in mainland France. High operational requirements “As a supplier of terrestrial or satellite networks for the most modern armed forces worldwide, including those of France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, the United States and NATO, Airbus is proud to be participating in the DESCARTES programme,” said Eric Souleres, Head of French business for the Communications, Intelligence & Security business line, at Airbus Defence and Space. “ENGIE Ineo has proven expertise in the field of complex systems with high operational requirements. Our teams address challenges in defence and security by making information and communications systems the top priority of our strategic focus,” said Emmanuel Barthoux, Deputy Head of Ineo Defence. Upgrading infrastructure networks The DESCARTES programme is designed to upgrade all the infrastructure networks of the French Ministry of Defence to meet increased bandwidth, service quality as well as cyber security requirements. The programme includes a “general use” aspect designed to meet the needs of inter-ministerial initiatives in this area. It also includes a “resilient”, highly secure aspect, able to operate even in the event of a serious crisis, in particular for the benefit of nuclear deterrence, joint services territorial organisation command, continuous air security and air traffic control communications.
The partner agreement expands the two companies’ sales collaboration globally Airbus Defence and Space and Cisco recently announced a new global partner agreement that will combine their complementary technology strengths in the defense, security and satellite communication industries to create innovative products and systems in software-defined networking, cybersecurity, mobility, cloud, data intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT). The agreement comprises access to sales and technology training, joint go-to-market activities, as well as joint solution and service development. Technological innovations Building on a long-standing and successful relationship between the two companies, the expanded, collaborative alliance combines Airbus Defence and Space’s industry expertise and solutions with Cisco IT, networking and communications products. This will help enable the two companies to bring together their knowledge and expertise and collaborate on industry-leading service offerings and solutions for the defense, security and aerospace industries. The partner agreement between Airbus Defence and Space and Cisco also expands the two companies’ sales collaboration globally and accelerates coordinated joint go-to-market activities at both global and country levels. Cisco expertise and networking equipment As part of the agreement, Cisco will provide Airbus Defence and Space with an extensive range of industry leading networking, design and engineering expertise from Cisco Services along with networking equipment and infrastructure. At the same time Airbus Defence and Space global sales and engineering teams will have access to Cisco sales and technology training programs, such as Cisco Sales Expert and Cisco Vertical Solutions Architect. "This relationship is a significant step forward for both companies. By utilising both companies’ technology and expertise we will be able to develop and offer superior and ground-breaking products," says Eirc Souleres, Head of Engineering, Airbus Defence and Space Airbus Defence and Space becomes a Cisco Global Specialty Integrator, enabling it to embed Cisco technologies into its own systems and solutions in all geographies where a strong resilience and a high quality of networking services are required. Developing new solutions The agreement will enable Airbus Defence and Space to partner directly with Cisco globally and resell selected networking technology and collaborate in the development of new solutions. Eric Souleres, Head of Engineering, Operations and Quality of the Communications, Intelligence and Security (CIS) unit within Airbus Defence and Space said, “This relationship is a significant step forward for both companies. By utilising both companies’ technology and expertise we will be able to develop and offer superior and ground-breaking products and solutions to our customers, and strengthen our respective strategies as system integrator and IT leader.” "Cisco and Airbus Defence and Space strongly believe that the network is key in driving innovation and delivering business outcomes to our customers. The diversity of our talent and technology will help enable both companies to better address existing opportunities and create transformational solutions that will deliver competitive advantage in the defense, cyber security and the satellite communication industries", said Wendy Mars, VP Enterprise Business Group, Cisco EMEAR.