UAE, France to Confirm Spy Satellite Deal

Published By : 02 Sep 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

UAE and France are expected to confirm upon their deal on the business regarding the Falcon Eye spy satellites in the coming weeks, while also looking into the trading of 40 fighter jets of the Dassault Rafale series. 

A UAE source closely related to the negotiations stated that the discussions about the deal were almost over and that Le Drian, the French Defense Minister, is soon expected to visit UAE to continue further talks. 

For the Falcon Eye spy satellite deal to proceed, a lot of high level data transfer is required, for which the UAE has negotiated a possible purchase of 40 Rafale jet planes with the coverage of 2000 fleet, added the source. 

The contract by UAE for purchasing the two high resolution military observation satellites has faced opposition from Abu Dhabi. The deal, priced nearly US$930, was signed by the deputy supreme commander of the armed forces of the UAE and crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed al-Nahyan. The deal had set a delivery of the satellites in the year 2018, along with the ground station. 

The deal represents the first major deal between a country of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the France, concerning sensitive satellite technology. 

The satellites will be provided by Airbus Defence and Space, France’s prime contractor, and Thales Alenia Space, country’s coveted payload-maker. As a part of the deal, 20 engineers will also be trained for using the new equipment.
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