Brazil picks Thales, Arianespace for satel­lite con­tract


Vi­siona Tec­nolo­gia Es­pa­cial S.A. and Tel­e­bras for­mally re­cently signed a con­tract to sup­ply the de­fense and strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions geo­sta­tion­ary satel­lite (SGDC) sys­tem. The R$ 1.3 bil­lion con­tract pro­vides for the sys­tem to be de­liv­ered by the end of 2016. The project in­volves the Min­istries of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, of De­fense, and of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy. The satel­lite will be op­er­ated by Tel­e­bras on the K (civil­ian) band and by the Min­istry of De­fense on the X (mil­i­tary) band.

Vi­siona is a joint ven­ture of Em­braer and Tel­e­bras and will be re­spon­si­ble for in­te­gra­tion the SGDC sys­tem, which will ex­pand broad­band in­ter­net ac­cess in re­mote re­gions of the coun­try, through the Na­tional Broad­band Pro­gram (PNBL) and en­sure Brazil’s sovereignty over the com­mu­ni­ca­tions of its armed forces. Af­ter the sign­ing of the con­tract, Vi­siona will for­malise the hir­ing of sup­pli­ers and will be­gin de­vel­op­ing and in­te­grat­ing the sys­tem.

The se­lected com­pa­nies are Thales Ale­nia Space (TAS) to sup­ply the satel­lite and Ari­ane Space to launch the de­vice. The con­tract with sup­pli­ers also pro­vides for the trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy to Brazil­ian com­pa­nies, and that task will be su­per­vised by the Brazil­ian Na­tional Space Agency (AEB).

“The SGDC sys­tem not only will meet the needs of Tel­e­bras’ Na­tional Broad­band Pro­gram (PNBL) and the strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions of the Brazil­ian Armed Forces, but it is also an op­por­tu­nity for Brazil to en­sure the sovereignty of its strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions in both the civil­ian and mil­i­tary ar­eas,” ex­plains Tel­e­bras Pres­i­dent Caio Bonilha.

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