Indonesia jeopardizes its $800-million L-band military satellite project by stiffing Avanti

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The Indonesian government has placed at risk an $800-million mobile satellite system to be used by Indonesia’s military by refusing to pay a $17 million bill whose validity is uncontested, government and industry officials said.

Because it dragged its feet on paying in full a debt to London-based Avanti Communications for the lease of the Artemis satellite at Indonesia’s 123 degrees east orbital slot, Indonesia is again faced with losing its rights to the orbital position.

Without an orbital slot, the $800-million SatKomHan . . .

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