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Subject: France Reacts To PRC ASAT - stop being Euro-naive
Softwar    6/12/2007 8:54:20 AM
Snips from Aviation Week, June 11, 2007, page 26 Jack Be Nimble Jean-Michel Guhl and Michael A. Taverna - Paris French space industry leaders are again urging Europe to develop a quick-response capability to meet future threats against reconnaissance satellites and other space assets. Benard Molard, VP of defense and security at EADS Astrium, proposes a system based on Helios 2 imaging spacecraft technologies and the new M51 ICBM. This system could replace existing capacity with a 150 kg polar-orbiting minisatellite capable of providing global coverage of the Earth within two weeks... Following the Chinese ASAT trial, the threat is being take much more seriously in Europe, French brass say. Patrick de Rousier, air force operations and air defense commander, is urging Europe to take an active part alongside the U.S.... "It's time to stop being Euro-naive," stated Lt. Col. Yves Blin, deputy chief for space and joint programs on the French General Staff...
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Nanheyangrouchuan       6/12/2007 12:44:23 PM
I wonder how long the French military has been worried about China, considering the panda hugging former administration.
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Softwar       6/12/2007 12:48:32 PM
We will see - the moves being made so far give me great hope that Paris and Washington are dealing with differences of policy instead of butting heads.  Clearly, the French military sat up and took note of the PLA ASAT shot.  It woke up some sleepy heads in DC too.
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