Military Capabilities

Chile shies away from buying new surveillance satellite

09 January 2020

Chile looks set to contract the supply of satellite imagery to a third-party, rather than procure a new satellite as previously planned.

Jane’s was told by senior military and government officials in Santiago in early January that Chile is now backing away from its earlier stated plan to replace its current FASAT-Charlie satellite with a new system.

The FASAT-Charlie, also known as SSOT – from Sistema Satelital de Observación de la Tierra or Earth Observing Satellite System in Spanish – was ordered from Airbus in 2008 and placed in orbit late in 2010.

The device is reaching the end of its service life, and the decision on its replacement will be taken during 2020.

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