UK is reported to be seeking an alliance with its ‘Five Eyes’ security partners to launch a satellite positioning system after being frozen out of Galileo.
The ‘Five Eyes’ security pact is an intelligence alliance - comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA - which formed in the aftermath of WWII.
The alliance could see the allies contributing technological and financial support to the estimated £5 billion project in exchange for access to the system’s encrypted military-grade signal.
The Government abandoned accessing the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) for the military when UK companies were blocked from further contracts after triggering Article 50. But it believes that industrial expertise gained from work on the project, having cost UK over £1bn, makes it well placed to build an independent system.
In 2018, the Government provided the UK Space Agency (UKSA) with £92m to assess whether UK could build and operate its own GNSS. If built, the system would provide both a PRS and an open system for public use.