The French Ministry of Defence procurement agency (Direction Général de l´Armement, DGA) has awarded Airbus Defence and Space and Actia Telecom a contract to equip 17 vessels of the French Navy (Marine Nationale) with the capability to connect up to the COMCEPT broadband communication system.
COMCEPT is an ‘all IP’ (Internet Protocol) technology broadband satellite communication network whose initial operational capability was brought into service in the French Armed Forces in 2015. This system aims to respond to the increase in data exchanges between military equipment and information systems, adding on the Syracuse satellite system via new satellite transmission capacities in the Ka band, especially those of the Franco-Italian military satellite Athena-Fidus, or via capacities in the Ku and C bands.
The first seventeen vessels are going to be equipped with new navalised SATCOM terminals. The contract also plans to install teleports both in mainland France and in the territories overseas to ensure connection to the French Ministry of Defence’s terrestrial networks.
The core of the COMCEPT network comprises two redundant mission centres to manage the network and teleports that ensure the transfer of data between the satellite and the terrestrial networks of the Ministry of Defence. The armed forces are equipped with fixed and deployable stations of different sizes. More than 200 stations have already been delivered.
In 2012, the DGA awarded Airbus Defence and Space and Actia Telecom the development of the COMCEPT network, with the contract planned to run for 17 years.