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Germany orders SARah imaging satellites

09 July 2013

Germany has signed a contract for three military imaging satellites, it was announced on 9 July.

In total the contract is worth some EUR816 million (USD1.05 billion) and will provide three synthetic aperture radar (SAR) reconnaissance satellites to the German armed forces. They are due to be fully operational by late 2019.

The new satellite system, known as SARah, will replace Germany's existing constellation of five SAR-Lupe reconnaissance satellites, the operating arrangement for which is due to expire in November 2017. The ground segment for SARah is due to be delivered by late 2016 in order to operate the older SAR-Lupe satellites.

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