EDA Defence Ministers have recently identified some particular areas where effective initiatives in the frame of Pooling & Sharing could lead Member States to optimise resources and enhance capabilities. One of these is Military Satellite Communication (MILSATCOM) which has been recognised as a very promising domain, where synergies can mitigate the huge financial impact generated by the growing demand for resilient space-based communication in operations.
The option to pool resources in the domain of MILSATCOM is particularly pertinent to the replacement of the current generation of space assets owned by France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, whose entire phase-out expected between 2018 and 2025 offers a unique opportunity to consider the establishment of a common initiative. In this perspective, the Agency has drafted a “Secure Telecom by Satellite” (SECTELSAT) concept presented to the Defence Ministers on 23 April and is being given a mandate to collect common requirements and explore how common fundings can be raised (ref. EDA SB Doc 2013-11).
High Level Seminar
A High Level Seminar on governmental Satellite Communication will take place on 19 June 2013 at the Paris Air Show "Le Bourget". This EDA event will be split between a seminar in the morning with keynote speakers and a workshop in the afternoon to draft an action plan. Please note that the afternoon session is open to government representatives only.
Agenda & Location
The draft agenda is available for download here. The seminar will take place at Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, Auditorium (VI Paris Conference Centre).
Registration is mandatary and can be done by email capabilities(a)eda.europa.eu by 14 June 2013.