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BT, NSSLGlobal and Viasat partner on UK MoD satellite capabilities

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BT, NSSLGlobal and Viasat UK have formed an alliance to deliver defence satellite communications (Satcomms) services, and support modernisation of the UK's defence and space sectors.

The Alliance was formed in response to major UK MoD programmes, including bidding for the Service Delivery Wrap (SDW) component of Skynet 6, a MoD Satcomms programme that is expected to be awarded in 2022.

"The combined strengths of this new alliance will bring leading edge technical expertise to the MoD across maritime, air, land, space and cyber environments,” said Ed Stainton, director of Major Government, BT.

“We will build on a strong innovation culture, and access to best-of-breed technologies to work collaboratively with our alliance partners, to deliver military-grade, mission-critical communications services to the MoD and other government departments. For BT, this is an example of how we are striving to do the best for our customers and for our country."

In addition to supporting current MoD programmes, the Alliance is also well-positioned to contribute to the UK agenda around defence and space technologies.

"As a British company, we have a strong 40-year 'tried and tested' heritage of working in partnership with the UK Armed Forces,” added Neil Fraser, director of defence and space programmes, NSSLGlobal.

“The expertise of our dedicated staff and engineers is one of our key assets, providing innovative communications across sea, land and air. The strength of this alliance is embedded in our shared values of providing excellent service and our complementary skills and expertise."

All three companies bring exceptionally strong track records in working with the MOD and other defence and government organisations around the world.

"We bring deep expertise in working with the MoD and an extensive track record of innovative credentials to this team,” said Steve Beeching, managing director of government systems, Viasat UK.

“In collaborating with BT and NSSLGlobal, we will be able to provide crucial advancements from the defence and commercial sectors to quickly modernise the UK's Armed Forces capabilities and make the battlespace network of the future a reality for our service men and women.”

“Together, this alliance is poised to become a national asset to the MoD for current and future communications and space programmes as it has the ability to enhance information advantage by utilising some of the world's leading Satcomms, tactical networking, cyber and emerging defence technologies."

The Alliance provides leadership in Satcomms, cybersecurity, service delivery, tactical networking, AI and emerging technologies.

The UK MoD launched the SDW competition on 5 November 2019 in support of the Skynet 6 programme. The SDW programme will comprise a five-year service management effort in support of Skynet 6 and replace the current Skynet 5 contract scheduled to deliver Satcomms services to the UK MoD until August 2022.

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