OHB signs contract for Germany’s next-gen radar satellites

OHB signs contract for Germany’s next-gen radar satellites

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Paris: OHB AG of Germany has signed an 816 million-euro ($1.1 billion) contract with the German defense procurement agency, BAAINBw, for the three-satellite SARah radar reconnaissance system to be operational in late 2019.

A decade after crashing into Europe’s satellite prime contractor scene by winning the five-satellite SAR-Lupe radar reconnaissance system award against competition from the larger Astrium Satellites, Bremen-based OHB has repeated its performance, but with a twist: This time, Astrium Satellites will be given a large consolation prize in the form of a subcontract for the full construction of one of the three satelllites. The Astrium satellite will carry a phased-array antenna and borrow from technologies currently in orbit on the two Astrium-built civil/commercial TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X spacecraft.

Source: Spacenews