EU SatCom Market (ESM) is a framework contract with the European Defence Agency (EDA) , which Airbus have been working on since 2012. 

In 2020, Airbus won the renewal of this satellite communications framework contract for military and civil use by the European Union and its member states. The European Defence Agency (EDA) awarded Airbus with this four-year framework contract renewal to protect key communications services and surveillance data against any outside interference. The project itself, which Airbus operates alongside Marlink, is estimated to be worth tens of millions of euros.

What is EU SatCom Market?

The overall purpose of the project is to provide the 33 Contributing Members* with an option to commercially source Satellite Communications (SatCom) services through the EDA.

The SatCom services offer includes end-to-end services with transmission links as well as SatCom terminals for all commercial bands. This whole range of services provided through the EU SatCom Market project can enable users to access, store, transmit, receive and manipulate information required to meet a wide range of operational needs, both abroad and at home.

What is EU SatCom Market Day?

On the 27 September, Airbus hosted the EU SatCom Market Day gathering together about 30 contributing members.

As part of the contract, this yearly event is held on our Airbus Defence and Space site in Toulouse, France and aims to increase customer awareness on the Secure Communications portfolio and innovations through a market place and success stories.

This event provides an opportunity to maintain a close relationship with our customers and collect their feedback.

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What SatCom solutions have been showcased?

Satellite communications (SatCom) are fundamental for Communication, Command and Control in military operations. It enables EUCommanders to connect forces in remote areas with HQs and capitals and to manage the operational missions and duties they face,no matter where they may be. To support these missions, Airbus proposes the following solutions:

  • Comms on the Move
  • Comms on the Pause
  • Tracking
  • COMMFLEX Aero 



*Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg,Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Republic of Serbia, the European Peace Facility (EPF) 11, EUCAP SAHEL Niger,EUCAP SAHEL Mali, EUAM Ukraine, EUCAP Somalia, EUMM Georgia, EUAM Iraq, EUBAM Libya, EUPOL COPPS, EUAM RCA,FRONTEX and EEAS

About Marlink

Marlink is a worldwide satellite communications service provider operating earth ground stations that connect satellite communications to terrestrial telecommunications and IP networks. Marlink provides both mobile and fixed satellite telecommunications to a wide array of markets including merchant shipping, defense and government. The product offering covers maritime, land and aeronautical services.

About EDA 
The European Defence Agency (EDA) is an agency of the European Union (EU) that promotes and facilitates integration between,member states within the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy.
The EDA and the European External Action Service together form the Secretariat of the Permanent Structured Cooperation, the structural integration pursued by 25 of the 27 national armed forces of the EU since 2017.