A consortium of Airbus Defence and Space, and Telespazio France has been contracted to provide satellite-based maritime surveillance services for the French Navy.
Under the four-year contract, which runs from 2016 to 2020, the consortium will use a unique combination of satellites for the Trimaran 2 maritime surveillance vessel service.
Airbus Defence and Space France Business Line Communications, Intelligence and Security head Eric Soulères said: "This service, developed with our partner Telespazio France, is the tangible result of many years of operational collaboration with the French Navy.
"This contract also confirms the recent Airbus Defence and Space successes with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), demonstrating the pertinence of our solutions for the institutions involved in government action at sea."
This award is a follow-up to the Trimaran 1 contract and aims to enhance the effectiveness of the French Navy's national maritime missions, such as combating trafficking, preventing illegal immigration, and performing search-and-rescue operations at sea, among others.
The contract will provide the French Navy's maritime zone commanders with access to a portal for surveillance services using optical and radar imaging, and automatic identification system (AIS) data.
Through a dedicated portal, the navy's maritime command zones will have user-friendly access to the extensive acquisition capacity of the satellites 24 hours a day.
The Trimaran 2 service will be an addition to the range of resources already implemented by the French Navy and form an integral part of its operations concept.