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Alcatel Alenia Space-built Syracuse 3A military communications satellite successfully launched

14 October 2005

Alcatel Alenia Space applauds the successful launch of the next-generation military communications satellite Syracuse 3A. The satellite was launched by an Ariane 5 rocket during the night of October 13th to 14th, 2005 at 00:32 am (Paris time) from the Guyana Space Center, in Kourou. This satellite was built by Alcatel Alenia Space, for French defense procurement agency DGA.

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

Alcatel Alenia Space chairman and CEO Pascale Sourisse, who was very pleased with this successful launch, noted: "We are very proud to have built this first next-generation military communications satellite that will enable the military's transmission capacity to be increased by a factor or ten. It will provide an unprecedent resistance to interferences as well as a very flexible usage."

She added: "This success confirms our European leadership position in defense and security space systems, with a strong presence not only in military communications but also in observation and intelligence as well as in navigation and positioning."

About Alcatel Alenia Space
Alcatel Alenia Space is the european leader in satellite systems, at the forefront of orbit infrastructures Created in July 2005, the company 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 (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) (67%) and Finmeccanica (Milan:SIFI.MI, FNC.IM) (33%), Alcatel Alenia Space generated an estimated turnover of 1.8 billion euros with around 7,200 people in 2004.

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