Lowdown on tactical SIGINT contract split between Thales and Airbus
Though initially to be carried by Airbus alone, the tactical electronic intelligence (SIGINT) contract has now also been awarded to Thales, bumping up the costs. [...]
The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has carved a place for itself internationally as an alternative to Boeing thanks to the success of the A330, the A350 and the A380. The company is a merger of French, German and Spanish aircraft makers. As well as its civil activity it has military projects such as Eurofighter Typhoon, in partnership with BAE Systems, the A400M transport aircraft and also combat and transport helicopters. The company also has space programmes.
GEOINT specialist BlackSky's merger with Osprey to go public, a decision strongly backed by Peter Thiel, shows the operators are willing to change business model in order to win major contracts with US intelligence services. [...]
As the French industry and defence specialist CNIM continues to restructure after filing for administration, a trade dispute over the group's Russian contract made as part of the sale of Mistral-class ships to Moscow is waiting to be heard by France's Supreme civil court. [...]