Airbus D&S Could Lose Out on Satellite Deal If UK Seeks Competition

Posted on: 19/04/2017

The British Ministry of Defence is close to a decision on whether the country buys a new military communications satellite from incumbent supplier Airbus Defence and Space or opens the requirement up to competition, according to executives familiar with the program. MoD officials at Joint Forces Command responsible for Britain’s military satellite communications capability have been prevaricating over whether to go single source and buy the spacecraft, known as Skynet 6A, from Airbus or throw the procurement open to rival bids from Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Thales Alenia Space. While the MoD has remained rather mum, several industry executives reckon there could be a decision within a week or two, although they say it’s unclear what impact the Conservative government’s decision to hold a snap general election on June 8 may have on the timing of any announcement.

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