The French Navy has awarded a four year contract covering the provision of a satellite-based maritime surveillance service to a consortium of Airbus Defence and Space and Telespazio France. Under the Trimaran 2 contract, a follow-up to Trimaran 1, maritime zone commanders will have access to a portal for surveillance services using optical and radar imaging and AIS (Automatic Identification System) system data to enhance the effectiveness of their national maritime missions.

This contract will runs from 2016 to 2020. Through a dedicated portal, each of the French Navy’s maritime command zones will enjoy user-friendly and round-the-clock access to the extensive acquisition capacity of the satellites, with a wide range of reactive services across the globe. Reports are then produced and sent to the users, once again via the portal, indicating the types of vessels detected, their position, speed and heading.

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