Thales Alenia Space to cooperate with IAI in the Amos-4 satellite


Amos-4 will provide high-quality communications and broadcasting transmission services in Israel and internationally.

Cannes, June 7, 2008 - Thales Alenia Space announces a contract with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) LTD, acting through its Systems Missiles and Space Group, MBT Space Division, to supply RF communication assemblies for the Amos-4 communication satellite. IAI, prime contractor of Amos-4, is building the satellite for Israeli satellite operator Spacecom Ltd.

Slated for launch in 2012, Amos-4 will also expand the operator's range of Ku- and Ka-band capacity to provide high-quality communications and broadcasting transmission services in Israel and internationally.

The satellite's weight at launch will be approximately 3.4 tons and the payload power about 4.0 kW. Amos-4 will be launched into a geostationary transfer orbit, to an orbital location different from the Amos-1, 2 and 3 satellites. These satellites are located at 4*W on the Equator, and allow Spacecom Ltd. to supply communications services to the Middle East, Central Europe and the United States of America. Amos-4 will be located between 64* E and 76*E, in a manner that will allow for the provision of services to a wider array of customers, in a higher quality and wider areas of coverage, including Asia.

After Amos-1, Amos-2 and the recent launch of Amos-3, Thales Alenia Space strengthens with this contract its long-time successful partnership with IAI.

About Thales Alenia Space

The European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio embody the two groups' "Space Alliance". Thales Alenia Space sets the global standard in solutions for space telecoms, radar and optical Earth observation, defense and security, navigation and science. The company has a total of 7,200 employees and 11 industrial sites, with locations in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium. www.thalesaleniaspace.com

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