Matra Marconi Space has handed a pounds 100,000 lobbying brief to
the Flagship Group, to help it bid for a pounds 2 billion government
The company, a joint venture between French aero-space giant Matra and
the UK’s Marconi, is bidding against a rival consortium for Skynet 5, a
long-term satellite-based military communications project run by the
Ministry of Defence.
Flagship board director Simon Elliott will head a team of five working
on the account. The win came without a competitive pitch, following two
earlier tranches of contract lobbying by Elliott while at Shandwick in
the 1990s. In 1995, Elliott worked on a Marconi-led attempt to supply
the MoD with a new attack helicopter. In 1996 his team won Marconi the
contract to supply air-launched anti-tank missile Brimstone.
The pounds 2 billion contract includes a space-based satellite, ground
handling station and range of communications infrastructures.
Skynet 5 will replace the Skynet 4 system, for which there is no
incumbent contractor since the brief was merely to supply the satellite,
rather than to establish and support a global military communications