It took 3 years, but UK Defence Ministry finally signs $628-million Skynet 6A deal with Airbus Defence and Space

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The British Defence Ministry bought itself more time to figure out what its next-generation milsatcom network will look like by signing a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for a single Skynet 6A spacecraft.

The July 19 announcement came three years after the ministry announced it had selected Airbus for a no-bid contract for Skynet 6A.

The reasons given for the delay were many, but they were in keeping with the fact that defense officials have appeared paralyzed by the wide array . . .

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