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Friday, March 13, 2015

Thales to develop France's CERES space-borne military intelligence system

Ceres sateliteThe French defence procurement agency (DGA) has selected Thales and Airbus Defence and Space as co-prime contractors for the design and construction of France's future military spaced-based signals intelligence (SIGINT) system, which is due to enter service by 2020.

In addition to its role as overall system co-prime contractor, Thales has responsibility for the mission payload on board the satellites and for the user ground segment in charge of programming the satellites and the data processing.

CERES (Capacité de Renseignement Electromagnétique d’origine Spatiale) will provide the French armed forces with an operational space-based SIGINT capability. Three closely positioned satellites will detect and locate radiocommunications and radars.

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