UPDATE June 17: This story has been updated to include additional comments from Thales Alenia Space.
PARIS — The Italian Defense Ministry has contracted for the early development of two military telecommunications satellites to provide SHF- and UHF-band continuity with current spacecraft, with addition of a Ka-band payload.
The contract, valued at 159 million euros ($193 million), covers the design and early hardware development of the Sicral 3A and 3B satellites, up to the program’s critical design review.
Thales Alenia Space Italy . . .
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