SAAB ERICSSON SPACE has won a SKr20 million ($2.7 million) order to provide computer systems for use on Thailand's Thaicom 3 telecommunications satellite.

The order comes via Aerospatiale, the main supplier to Thailand's Shinawatra Satellite. The French manufacturer is the first European company to penetrate this formerly US-dominated market.

The $200 million Thaicom 3 is to be sent into a geostationary orbit at the end of 1996, providing Thailand and other Asian regions, as well as Australia and Africa, with communications and television services.

Source: Flight International