New Zealand’s Defence Ministry calling tenders for military satellite systems

New Zealand’s Defence Ministry has already launched a request for tenders from several companies that will bid for the ministry’s Wideband Global Satellite Communications (WGS) equipment. The project is aimed to deliver to the New Zealand Defence Force both associated support and necessary training. The military satellite system will also include the building of satellite ground stations on North Island and outfitting the systems on ships.

The country is also investing on highly-secure satellite systems in particular $82 million for a ninth satellite with a Washington-controlled satellite constellation system, which uses Boeing vessels, offering a greater level of manoeuvrability crucial in maintaining communications in event of hostile attacks. Military organizations these days need to move greater amounts of sensitive data. Smaller countries with no dedicated military satellites are instead turning to commercial operators with global capability.

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