When visiting Peru, you can tell quickly that technology is not their strongest point. However, recently Peru made a big leap in technology as it has bought a surveillance satellite from France. The total cost was US$ 213 million which covers the cost of the satellite, includes the transfer of key technologies, and a ground control station. France will also be launching the spacecraft and ensuring that it is placed in the correct orbit. Once that takes place, France will begin providing Peru with imagery captured by the satellite.
The agreement was made between the Peruvian Defense Minister, Pedro Cateriano, and the France ambassador in Peru, Jean-Jacques Beaussou. Airbus Space Systems will be building the Astrobus 300 platform and it is planned to be launched in May 2016. The satellite will be used to monitor national phenomena and help with national security. Cateriano says it will provide, “Security and independence that guarantees development and a better future for all.” Since 2011 Ollanta Humala has said that he would like for Peru to have a surveillance satellite and now that idea is coming true. Peru will gain a new satellite and a long-term collaboration with France, strengthening the ties between the two countries.