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France launches its military communication satellite

France successfully launched a state-of-the-art satellite into orbit, which is designed to allow all of the French armed forces across the world to communicate quickly and securely. 

The satellite is designed to withstand military aggression from the ground and in space, as well as interference said French air and space force spokesman Colonel Stephane Spet. 

The Ariane 5 rocket carried Syracuse 4A satellite and took off from Kourou, in French Guiana on Saturday, and the mission was completed in 38 minutes and 41 seconds. 

“Thanks to its state-of-the-art equipment (anti-jamming antenna and digital transparent processor onboard), Syracuse 4A will guarantee a high resistance to extreme jamming methods,” launch provider Arianespace wrote in its mission description. 

In March, France started its first military exercises in space to test its ability to defend its satellites, calling them a first for the French army and even a first in Europe. 

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