France launches state-of-art military communications satellite

Oct 24, 2021: France has successfully launched a state-of-the-art satellite into orbit, allowing all French armed forces around the world to communicate quickly and securely.

Paris formed a space force command in July 2019, amid concerns that rival countries are investing heavily in space technology, seen as a new military frontier. Col. Stephen Spieth, a spokesman for the French Air Force and Space Force, told AFP that the satellite was designed to counter military aggression as well as interference in Earth and space.

The Aryan 5 rocket, which included a Syracuse 4A satellite, took off from Kourou, French Guiana, late Saturday, completing the mission 38 minutes and 41 seconds after takeoff.

The satellite can survey its close surroundings and move itself to escape an attack.

Thanks to its state-of-the-art equipment (anti-jamming antenna and digital transparent processor on board), the Syracuse 4A will guarantee a high resistance to extreme jamming methods.

In March, France launched its first military exercises in space to test its satellite defense capabilities, calling them “first for the French military and first in Europe.” The French government has accused Russia of bringing the Olympic intelligence-gathering satellite, also known as Loch, close to the French-Italian military satellite Athena Fides in 2017, which Defense Minister Florence Parley called an “espionage operation.” “. Last year, the United States claimed that Russia had tested non-destructive anti-satellite weapons from space.

In March, the office of French President Emmanuel Macron said there had been other similar incidents since, but gave no details. Investment in France’s space program is set to reach 4.3 billion euros (ڈالر 5 billion) during the 2019-2025 budget period – although it is only a fraction of the amount spent by the United States or China.

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