Industry-leading global communications companies, BT, NSSL Global and Viasat UK, a subsidiary of Viasat, have announced an alliance to deliver critical defence satellite communications (SATCOM) services and support modernisation of the UK’s defence and space sectors. The alliance has come together to respond to major UK MOD programmes, including bidding for the ‘Service Delivery Wrap’ (SDW) component of Skynet 6, a MOD SATCOM programme that is expected to be awarded in 2022. The alliance will provide fully managed best-in-class SATCOM solutions.
In addition to supporting current MOD programmes, the alliance is strongly positioned to contribute to the developing UK agenda around defence and space technologies. The alliance provides leadership in SATCOM, cybersecurity, service delivery, tactical networking, Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies.
All three companies bring exceptionally strong track records in working with the MOD and other defence and government organisations around the world.
Ed Stainton, Director of Major Government, BT, said: “The combined strengths of this new alliance will bring leading Edge technical expertise to the MOD across maritime, air, land, space and cyber environments. We will build on a strong innovation culture and access to best-of-breed technologies to work collaboratively with our alliance partners, to deliver military-grade, mission-critical communications services to the MOD and other government departments. For BT, this is an example of how we are striving to do the best for our customers and for our country.”