OHB-System AG supporting Astrium France with the construction of the HELIOS II ground station for the German Federal Armed Forces in Gelsdorf
Contract worth around a total of EUR 8 million for OHB
OHB-System, a subsidiary of OHB Technology AG (Prime Standard, ISIN: DE0005936124), has been awarded a contract by Astrium France for the provision of support in the construction and testing of the CPHD (Centré Principale Helios von Deutschland) ground station in Gelsdorf near Bonn. The first phase of the contract runs until the end of 2009 and entails a volume of EUR 2.1 million. It will be followed by a second phase from 2010 to 2012 with a volume of a further EUR 6 million or so.
OHB-System AG will be providing a team of up to ten engineers for the construction and testing phase of the ground station. They will be responsible for ensuring interoperability of the two reconnaissance systems for the German Federal Armed Forces. Three OHB specialists are already undergoing training at Astrium France in Toulouse. The CPHD ground station is to go into operation in 2010.
Speaking today, Marco R. Fuchs, CEO of OHB Technology AG, said: “We assume that our work will not end with the commencement of operations at the station but that we will continue to provide valuable support beyond 2010.”
Via the CPHD ground station the German Federal Armed Forces will be able to utilize the French HELIOS II optical satellite system for reconnaissance activities within the ESGA (German acronym for Europeanization of Satellite-Based Reconnaissance) system as of 2010. In return, France will receive access to the German Federal Armed Forces’ SAR-Lupe radar reconnaissance system, which was assembled and launched under the lead-management of OHB-System AG.