- Délégation Générale pour l'Armement
- Initial Operational Capability
- 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
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
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