Reports: NATO to Award $3B in Satcom, IT Contracts

NATO plans to award up to $3.2 billion in contracts for satellite communications, air and missile defense, cybersecurity and software support services, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Jonathan Stearns writes NATO officials will discuss the planned contracts at an industry conference to be held in Ottawa, Canada on April 24 to 26.

The international alliance aims to gain approval from member countries on specific contract amounts and to start the bidding process before the end of the year, Stearns reported.

A senior official at NATO’s communications and information agency said the alliance looks to invest $1.8 billion in satellite communications to assist troops and support the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a report  by Robin Emmott for Reuters.

Emmott added NATO plans to spend $868.4 million for air and missile defense computer systems; $77 million for cybersecurity; and $195.4 million for secure mobile communications in support of alliance soldiers.

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