Germany to Spend $465Mln on New Spy Satellites
01:55 05.11.2017(updated 01:20 05.11.2017)
The Airbus and the OHB aerospace companies have submitted bids for construction of the satellites for German Federal Intelligence Service's new satellite program.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – German parliament's Budget Committee gave green light to construction of up to three new spy satellites for the country's Federal Intelligence Service (BND), which will cost some 400 million euros ($465 million), local media reported Saturday.
According to the RND publishing group, the Airbus and the OHB aerospace companies have submitted bids for construction of the satellites for the BND's new satellite program, dubbed George.
Using the new satellites, the BND will be able to "quickly and independently provide information in order to be capable of making as independent and up-to-date assessments as possible," the RND said, quoting a document obtained from the German chancellery.
According to the document, quoted by the media, it is "no longer enough" to use images purchased on the commercial market or requested from the country's international partners.
"Political leadership expects immediately available and valid information," the document obtained by the RND said.
The BND currently uses data of the country's Armed Forces, the Bundeswehr, which has its own network of satellites.
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