The UK Ministry of Defense issues a PQQ for the ISR space project

by Olivia Savage

The Oberon project will include a cluster of three SAR satellites as part of the ISTARI program. (Airbus)

The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) has issued a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) for Project Oberon, a program seeking high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites.

According to the PQQ released by the Department of Defense on November 24, the contract will include a cluster of three satellites equipped with an active SAR payload and, at a lower priority, passive radio frequency (RF) functionality to be managed by the vendor.

The main contract is expected to require “a complete end-to-end solution including, in particular; design, development, manufacturing, assembly, integration, testing, commissioning, commissioning, operation and final disposal,” PQQ said in a statement.

The 36-month contract is worth up to £70 million (US$84.7 million).

The project is expected to be awarded an additional contract – this will require the supplier to provide operations, training and support (per year) for the next six years, as well as the integration and implementation of the mission into the ground architecture of the multi-satellite vehicle. The Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) program “ISTARI” was detailed by the Ministry of Defense.

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