法空军改名“法国空天军”(英文)

2020-09-17 智邦网

编译 致远

据Defensenews9月15日报道

法军宣布,继去年7月马克龙总统宣布成立太空司令部后,法空军于今年9月11日改名“法国空天军”。

法军已将太空作为独立战略“重要支柱”,空天军的成立将“对军事行动产生重要影响”。

太空司令部将于2025年实现全面作战能力,拥有500名作战人员。

 该司令部已设立一个军事太空创新实验室LISA,将于今年11月组织首次欧洲军事太空演习AstérX。

French Air Force changes name as it looks to the stars

A French Mirage 2000 C taxis on Bodø air Base during exercise Trident juncture 18. (Allied Joint Force Command)

PARIS — The French Air Force is no more. On Sept. 11, it became the French Air and Space Force, completing a process initiated by President Emmanuel Macron in July 2019 when he announced the creation of a space command.

A new logo, revealed Friday, accompanies the new name. The logo features a thin, curved line that runs above the word “armée” and then behind the word “air.” It represents the surface of the world, above which soars the stylized sparrow-hawk, which has been the logo for the Air Force for a decade. The bird’s position has been very slightly modified to make it look more like a hunter. And the phrase “& espace” has been added.

The Air and Space Force says the reason for the discreet changes in the logo is to underline the continuity of the mission rather than a revolution in the mission.

In a statement, the Air and Space Force said given “the vital implications for military operations,” France had defined space as being “a major stake” for its strategic independence, and so the Space Command — locally known as CDE, or Commandement de l’espace — was created on Sept. 3, 2019.

The command is led by Brig. Gen. Michel Friedling, who reports to Joint Chief of Staff Gen. François Lecointre where cooperation, capabilities and military operations are concerned, and to Lavigne when training and force preparation are involved.

Based in Toulouse, the Space Command should reach full operational capacity in 2025 with a staff of almost 500. There are currently 220 men and women working on developing capabilities to protect military satellites from being approached by satellites operated by foreign powers.

The command has already set up LISA, a laboratory dedicated to military innovation in space, and it is also preparing for AstérX, the first European military space exercise planned for November 2020.


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