Airbus Defence and Space announced this week that it is moving the SkyNet 5A military satellite to the Asia Pacific region to extend its coverage in this area. The move will provide worldwide coverage for the first time. The SkyNet 5 constellation of eight is operated on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence by Airbus Defence and Space. SkyNet 5A has begun its planned 67,000 km move and will reach its new location in the autumn. It will expand the capability to provide protected and secure military satcom services to allied governments in the Asia-Pacific region. It will also mark the first time that the satellite will not be visible from the UK.
“The Skynet 5 constellation consists of the world’s most powerful, nuclear hardened and protected, military X-band and UHF satellites,” said Colin Paynter, Head of Airbus Defence and Space UK. “With the move of Skynet 5A, we will expand the availability of our premium secure MILSATCOM services to allied nations in the region who need high grade resilient and secure communications services to complement their existing systems.”