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Babcock awarded contract to operate Skynet

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Babcock International Group PLC
15 February 2023

Babcock awarded contract to operate Skynet - the UK MOD's military satellite communications system



15 February 2023


Babcock International Group Plc ("Babcock"), the defence company, is pleased to announce it has been awarded the contract to manage and operate Skynet, the UK Ministry of Defence's (MOD) military satellite communications system.

The six-year contract, commencing in March 2023, has an initial value of more than £400 million and forms part of the MOD's £6 billion Skynet 6 programme.

Skynet Service Delivery Wrap ("Skynet SDW") will encompass the operation of the UK's constellation of military satellites and ground stations, including the integration of terminals into the MOD network, ensuring they are integrated and supported.

Babcock will partner with SES, GovSat and Intelsat on Skynet SDW.

David Lockwood, CEO for Babcock, said: "We are delighted to have been chosen to support this world-leading technological safeguard. Skynet enables vital communications to the UK Armed Forces wherever they are, helping to keep them safe.

"Babcock is a world leader in secure communications for the military. Together with our partners, we will provide a high-tech solution which combines the availability, affordability and capability that the UK needs."

Alex Chalk, Defence Procurement Minister, said: "Space is increasingly important for maintaining battlefield advantage.

"The UK's next generation military satellite communications system will keep us at the forefront of this critical domain and the work under this contract will bolster our resilience for years to come."






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