SS SKYNET 6 Market Update, 9 November 2018

The next SKYNET 6 Market Update will take place at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, London on the morning of 9 November 2018.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) Information Systems and Services (ISS) SKYNET 6 team is considering options for maintaining the continuity of SKYNET services beyond 31 August 2022 when the SKYNET 5 Private Finance Initiative comes to an end. This work-stream is known as the SKYNET 6 “Service Delivery Wrap” (SDW). The team is also considering the longer-term provision of Beyond Line of Sight communications, capabilities and services until 2040 and beyond. This work-stream is known as the SKYNET 6 “Enduring Capability” (EC).

As part of this process, MOD has undertaken a series of pre-procurement market engagements to test assumptions and hypotheses, understand industry’s perspective on potential options and assess the breadth of interest across potential suppliers.

The ISS SKYNET 6 team intends to hold a further market update event to brief potential suppliers on MOD’s SKYNET 6 procurement strategy, assumptions and timescales as well as the outcomes from some MOD Concept and Assessment Phase activities.

Any organisation wishing to participate in this Market Update should respond to ISS SKYNET 6 team at the email address james.shepherd112@mod.gov.uk and copied to ISSDev-Net-FBLOS6ECGrpmailbox@mod.gov.uk by 26 October 2018.

Please note we require responses through your company email address only. Responses via personal email addresses will not be accepted.  Responses should include the names and positions of the proposed attendees.  Organisations attending will be limited to a maximum of 2 representatives, however, if the event is oversubscribed the available places will be limited to 1 per organisation. Therefore, please indicate your primary delegate. Further information on the agenda and timings will be provided to successful applicants following the closure of this notice. There will be an opportunity for questions.  All questions and responses will be recorded and made available to attendees. Participation in the Market Update is entirely voluntary and MOD will not bear any associated costs. For the avoidance of doubt, this Market Update event will cover both the SKYNET 6 EC and SDW work-streams. There is no commitment on the part of MOD to enter into any binding contractual arrangement(s) following engagement with suppliers through this Market Update day. Equally, non-participation in this market update will not be considered in any future SKYNET 6 procurement activities.