French military space budget up 45% 2024-2030; a focus on buying commercial services; endorsing EU Iris2 constellation

by Peter B. de Selding

TUPPER LAKE, NY — The French parliament on July 13 approved a seven-year military spending program for 2024-2030 that includes 6 billion euros ($6.7 billion) for space programs, a 45% increase from the previous period.

The parliamentary review of the Military Program Law (LPM) left untouched the government’s space investment proposal. The budget includes a new generation of high-resolution optical reconnaissance satellites, called Iris; an electronics-intelligence system, named Celeste; and a long-planned upgrade of the Graves bi-static radar . . .

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