The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has contracted Airbus Defence and Space and Actia Telecom to equip its navy vessels with the Comcept broadband communication system.
Comcept is an 'all internet protocol' (IP) technology broadband satellite communication network that complements DGA's Syracuse satellite system with new satellite transmission capacities provided by the Ka band.
The network comprises two redundant mission centres to manage the network and teleports, ensuring transfer of data between the satellite and terrestrial networks of the French Ministry of Defence.
Under the contract, 17 French Navy vessels will be equipped with new navalised satcom terminals.
The 17-year contract will also require Airbus to install teleports both in mainland France and in the territories overseas to ensure connection to the French Ministry of Defence's terrestrial networks.
Installation of Comcept on-board vessels will meet all satellite broadband needs within a global, unified system, the company said.
Airbus Defence and Space communications, intelligence and security division technical authority head Eric Soulères said: "As the leading operator of military Satcom services in the world, Airbus Defence and Space has shown the capacity of its French team to support the ministry of defence in the development of satellite military communication in a cost-effective manner."
DGA has selected Airbus Defence and Space to take responsibility of system engineering and the supply of network core equipment, as well as through-life support services.
Actia Telecom, a Brittany SME specialised in satellite communications and supplier to the French Ministry of Defence, will provide engineering, integration and through-life support services for user ground stations.