Thales Awarded Syracuse III Ground Segment Contract

Released on Thursday, December 2, 2004
Syracuse III
DGA - Délégation Générale pour l'Armement
IOC - Initial Operational Capability
kg - kilograms
SATCOM - Satellite Communication
The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) has awarded Thales a €1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) contract for 600 satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals in support of the Syracuse III military communications satellite network. The initial firm order in support of the ground segment is valued at €160 million ($200 million).

The SATCOM terminals ordered by DGA will be integrated into ground armored vehicles, French Navy's surface ships, submarines, and French Army's forward command deployable stations/sites. The contract also includes a mobile variant transportable by two-man, named Talisman?, intended for special operations forces. Talisman is 13 kg weight and 60 cm wide antenna. All of these terminals will offer advanced multimedia communications capabilities. Initial operational capability (IOC) with French Armed Forces are expected in 2007.

Syracuse III will provide secure, interoperable, end-to-end communications between mainland France and overseas deployed French military forces as well as a tactical internet in the battlespace. The contract award sets Thales as prime contractor for the ground segment of Syracuse III program, while Alcatel Space remains the prime contractor for the space segment. Alcatel Space will have a 30% stake on the ground segment.

The contract includes development, acquisition, and through-life support services of the full complement of terminals and equipment required by the Syracuse III program. In addition, Thales guarantees services availability under operational level agreements until 2020 and delivery of 600 terminals replacing legacy Syracuse II. Each satcom terminal includes antenna and emitter-receptor equipment.

Syracuse III will provide enhanced operational effectiveness and interoperability while enabling emerging network-centric military operations. Protection against jamming thanks to Thales' modem XXI, provision of internet services in the battlespace, high data rate, two men portable Talisman tactical terminals, and central management system are the keys of the third generation Syracuse.


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