CLS wins maritime surveillance contract with drones, not satellites, purchases wind-forecast service

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Earth observation services provider CLS of France booked a four-year contract with Europe’s maritime surveillance agency and purchased a majority stake in a French company that has developed software to provide geographically precise wind forecasts for wind farms.

The four-year contract with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is valued at up to 30 million euros ($35 million) and was won with European drone manufacturer Tekes. CLS and Tekes will provide a drone service that includes a vehicle adapted to carry and deploy . . .

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