The British Ministry of Defense has announced the development of the state of
the art, strategic satellite communications system Skynet 5 with the signature
of a £2.5 billion ($4
The British-based Paradigm Consortium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, will
be responsible for the entire Skynet 5 communications system and about 1,900
jobs will be created or sustained across the United Kingdom thanks to this
Skynet 5 satellite communications system will provide secure and reliable
communications to British Armed forces deployed overseas and on the battlefield.
The Paradigm Consortium will take care of designing and production of 2
satellites, launch services and corresponding ground segment, to provide secure
and reliable military communications over the next 15 years.
The Skynet 5 satellite communications system will achieve initial operational
capability in 2005 and will extend through 2018. The British Army, RAF and Royal
Navy will benefit from Skynet 5.
The two Skynet 5 satellites, weighing about 2.5-3 tons each, will take over
orbital location currently owned by Skynet 4 satellite constellation as they
reach the end of their useful life.
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