In cooperation with the Federation of European Defence Technology Associations (EDTA) EURODEFENSE has developed remarks on the “Action plan of the European Commission on synergies between civil, defence and space industries” as published on 22 February 2021 (EU reference COM(2021) 70). Among others, these comments have been sent to the Presidents of the European Commission, Council and Parliament.
Galileo, système européen de navigation par satellites, est opérationnel depuis plus d’un an. L’ingénieur général Patrick Bellouard explique pourquoi cette première grande infrastructure européenne va permettre d’assurer l’autonomie et la sécurité de l’Europe dans le domaine de la radionavigation par satellites.
Europe should embark on reasonable development of its space-based facilities by embracing the concept of self sufficiency: this entails the acquisition of assets which are modest compared to American equipment, but which will enable it to verify and analyse data that are sensitive and crucial for decision-taking in the event of a crisis, in accordance with the principle of “autonomous capabilities” which the European Council has endorsed many times over. As far as space-based infrastructure is concerned, Europe should have capabilities that are consistent with the Headline Goal 2010 adopted by the European Union.