Published date: 31 May 2023

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 6 July 2023, 9am

Contract summary


  • Satellite communications equipment - 32531000

  • Military satellites - 35631000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

31 May 2023

Closing date

6 July 2023

Closing time


Contract start date

31 December 2025

Contract end date

31 December 2040

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type


Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The UK MOD SKYNET Enduring Capability (SKEC) Delivery Team invites industry to respond to the Wideband Satellite System (WSS) Pre-PQQ. Please refer to the Opportunity listing for more details:

The SKYNET Enduring Capability (SKEC) Project will deliver the next era of satellite communications (SATCOM) to the MOD using new space assets. This procurement is for the design, manufacture and post-design services of up to three wideband GEO satellite systems, associated ground equipment, and launch operations incorporating measures deliver an Assured Capability.

The functionality of the requirement will include X band, Mil-Ka band and UHF broadcast communications payload serving multiple service areas; Secure Telemetry, Tracking and Command using X, Mil-Ka and S-bands; Inter-satellite links for both communications payload traffic and STT&C; ability to link to anchors at Mil-KA and X band; Nuclear radiation hardening at SAL-2 and protective measures and have a minimum life of 15 years. These satellite systems, and the procurement, are known as the SKYNET Enduring Capability Wideband Satellite System (SKEC WSS).

The SKEC WSS procurement is exempt from the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR) and the application of the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations (DSPCR) 2011 to protect UK essential security interests. The obligations, rights, and remedies under the PCR and/or DSPCR therefore do not apply to this Procurement.

You can find previously published information about the WSS procurement, and the wider SKEC programme, on our collaborative site Defence Share. This is a secure site and if you wish to apply for access, please request this by emailing Information can also be found on the SKYNET Enduring Capability (SKEC) programme page on the website.

About the buyer


MOD Corsham, Bld 405, Westwells Road, Corsham
SN13 9NR