The armed forces of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are expected to sign a contract valued at €800 million ($1 billion) with EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space to build and launch two high-resolution military optical imaging satellites, the first of which will launch in 2019, according to industry sources. The news came as French Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian attended a signing ceremony with representatives of EADS Astrium and Thales during a July 22 visit to Abu Dhabi, marking ...


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