SIDM in AfghanistanEADS SIDM operations in Afghanistan started
Französische Aufkärungsdrohne fliegt in Afghanistan<br /> Today,, the French Air Force’s SIDM (the French acronym for Medium altitude long endurance (MALE) drone) surveillance UAV performed its maiden flight in a foreign theatre of operations.
The SIDM, which provides information to safeguard the French armed forces within a radius of several hundred kilometres, requires two civil Ku-band satellite links: a low data rate link for it to be remotely controlled from a ground station, and a high dato rate link for it to send in real time the data collected (video, photos) during the flight.
But the extremely high demand for satellite communications capabilities from numerous defence ministries and the international media has exhausted capacity in Afghanistan. By analysing its portfolio of contracts with major international operators, Astrium Services was able to identify the only compatible satellite solution accessible in this region. Astrium then arranged with an operator for one of its satellites to bei repositioned to meet the specific needs of the SIDM.