France: Thales has secured a contract to supply additional véhicules de commandement nomades communiquant par satellite (VENUS) SATCOM on-the-move terminals, as part of the French military's satellite-based radio communication system (Syracuse) III programme.
Awarded by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), the agreement includes a further 20 ground terminals that will be installed on the French Army's VAB light armoured vehicles, enabling commanders to stay in contact while on the move in the theatre. The Satcom OTM technology enables vehicles fitted with satellite antennas to establish and maintain a satellite link whether they are moving or stationary. Featuring standard interfaces to connect other tactical communication equipment for higher data rates and overall availability, the terminals provide a permanent command communication capability in the theatre of operations to help address ground force requirements of on-the-move for information exchange and force protection.
Source: Thales Group