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France To Conduct Major Military Space Exercise

March 3, 2024 (EIRNS)—The French Space Command (CDE) has announced the AsterX 2024 exercise to counter threats in space, which will be held over March 4-15, at the French National Center for Space Studies in Toulouse. It is expected to bring together 140 participants and 30 foreign observers.

TASS reported that the exercise “will involve Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as representatives of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence.”

TASS also cited French Space Commander Major General Philippe Adam who explained, “AsterX 2024 has the objective of perfecting the training of the CDE in a realistic and complex simulated space environment, in order to meet the new challenges emerging from increasingly numerous and diverse threats.”

The CDE identifies its objectives for the exercise, including: “Develop the operational culture needed to coordinate space operations with partners under realistic threat conditions, and train all units of French Space Command (CDE) in the domains of cyber warfare, navigation warfare, orbital warfare, information warfare and multi-domain support.”

“AsterX 2024 is based on a complex and credible scenario:

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