Brexit debate gets rough, invokes UK secure satnav service that could beat Galileo PRS to market

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS— The British Defence Secretary on May 21 reiterated that the government is investigating whether it should build its own positioning, navigation and timing satellite constellation in competition with Europe’s Galileo and ultimately the U.S. GPS network.

The statement by Gavin Williamson comes in the wake of a UK Parliamentary hearing on the subject at which representatives of Airbus Defence and Space and engineering-services giant CGI endorsed the government’s go-it-alone thinking if the European Union sticks to its policy of not allowing non-EU nations to build . . .

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