Defence is out to tender for a second land earth satellite station (LES) to provide redundancy for its existing Porirua-based system. The tender is for providing design, supply and installation of an LES solution delivering both C-band and K-band.
The LES has to be up and running by July 31 when the frigate Te Mana is to be deployed in the Persian Gulf.
The tender also calls for the vendor to negotiate slots on commercial satellites. The LES has to be certified for at least Intelsat, Asiasat, Singtel/Optus, Panamsat and SES Americon. Potential suppliers have until February 26 to respond to a request for information.