NATO Military Communications Satellite
By 2003 the two existing NATO owned satellites were reaching the end of their useful life cycle. The NATO Post 2000 new capability will not only replace the existing constellation but also give NATO a far greater NATO satellite capacity to support its increasing commitment to deployable forces. The NATO Post 2000 new capability is an essential element of NATO's new roles and responsibilities as defined at the Prague Summit in 2003 and it is a major step in the transformation of NATO.
Proposals were submitted by the U.S. and a Joint Consortium of France, Italy and the United Kingdom and assessed in accordance with the standard NATO procedure for International Competitive Bidding.
On 5 May 2004 the NATO C3 Agency completed the source selection for NATO's new Satellite Capability in the SHF and UHF frequency bands. The proposal submitted by the Joint Consortium was determined to be the lowest priced, technically compliant bid. The capability will be furnished through a service provision arrangement, whereby the three Nations will satisfy the NATO requirements from within their own national military Satellite Communications Programs for 15 years, from 2005 through to 2019. The winning offer will utilise the capacity of the satellites provided by the French SYRACUSE series, the Italian SICRAL constellation and the U.K. SKYNET 4/5. The price offered by the Consortium is within the NATO funding ceiling of Euro 457 million.
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