The UK’s defence secretary, Ben Wallace, says £6 billion in new contracts are opening up for contractors, as the government announces a search for a new operator of its satellite-based military communications system, SKYNET.
SKYNET is constellation of four satellites that serve the communication requirements of the UK armed forces. The first SKYNET satellites were launched in 1969. The current system’s programme, SKYNET 5, ends in 2022.
SKYNET 5 saw Airbus’s EADS Astrium contracted to build and deliver the Skynet 5 satellites, with subsidiary company Paradigm responsible for providing services to the MOD under