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Alcatel Alenia Space-built Syracuse 3A military communications satellite ready for launch

13 October 2005

The next generation military communications satellite Syracuse 3A will be launched by an Ariane 5 rocket during the night of October 13th to 14th, 2005 from the Guyana Space Center, in Kourou. This satellite was built by Alcatel Alenia Space, for French defense procurement agency DGA.

With Syracuse 3A operational in the coming months, France will be the first country in Europe to deploy a new generation of military telecom satellites.

The Syracuse 3A satellite uses Alcatel Space's commercial satellite platform, Spacebus, which has been hardened to resist nuclear attack. The payload features the latest technological developments in both the SHF (super high frequency) and EHF (extremely high frequency) bands. This new-generation system guarantees significantly enhanced service in terms of data throughput and resistance to countermeasures. It is the third new generation telecommunication satellite Spacebus 4000 to be launched since the beginning of the year, AMC-12 and Apstar VI are perfectly operational in orbit.

Alcatel Alenia Space chairman and CEO Pascale Sourisse, notes : "We did everything in our power to meet this major challenge, and this next generation satellite features state-of-the-art technologies to meet the requirements of today's armed forces. The second next generation satellite Syracuse 3B is currently in final integration in the clean room of Alcatel Alenia Space, confirming our European leadership position in defense and security space systems."

Alcatel Alenia Space integrated the requirements of European countries and NATO right from the outset. Syracuse III perfectly matches space-based military telecom needs in France and its allies for the coming decade. NATO's C3 agency recently chose the Syracuse system, together with Skynet (Britain) and Sicral (Italy), to provide SHF (super high frequency) communications for member countries, within the scope of the post-2000 NATO Satcom program.

Alcatel Alenia Space is a leader in the military satellite communications sector, with strong positions in both satellites and ground systems. Alcatel Alenia Space is also active in the civil-military satellite export market, through Koreasat 5 in South Korea and Star One in Brazil.

About Alcatel Alenia Space
Alcatel Alenia Space, leader in satellite systems and at the forefront of orbit infrastructures, brings together the vast experience and know-how of Alcatel Space and Alenia Spazio to form a new leading force in European space technology. Alcatel Alenia Space represents a worldwide standard for space development that impacts everybody's future: from navigation to telecommunications, from meteorology to environmental monitoring, from defence to science and observation. An affiliate of Alcatel (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), Alcatel Alenia Space generated an estimated turnover of 1.8 billion euros with around 7,200 people in 2004.

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