LONDON — The British Defence Ministry in July 2017 agreed to purchase a single Skynet 6A UHF- and X-band satellite in a no-bid, single-source deal with Airbus Defence and Space. Fifteen months later, there is still no contract and it’s likely to be another year before there is one.

Ministry officials said they are not having second thoughts, but that their own contract regulations set up high hurdles to prove that a no-bid purchase is in the government’s interest.

Meanwhile Airbus continues to de . . .

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