Luxembourg is to invest €170 million over 14 years to buy, launch and operate a satellite for a maximum of ten years, according to a government statement.
The high-resolution Earth observation satellite, which will be jointly acquired with the Belgian army, will be used to detect potential risks during military operations and to make observations in areas that have been impacted by natural disasters, for example.
The budget was presented in parliament on Monday along with the operational and technical details of the project.
Luxembourg is also partnering with Belgium to acquire an Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft, expected to be delivered in 2020. MPs discussed a bill on Monday which would greenlight a €420 million budget for operating and maintaining the plane over 35 years.
The government said the plane would “enhance the deployment capabilities of troops and equipment in a crisis management context.”