Friday 9 March 2007

SkyNet 5; The terminator

yes it is true, we named our new military satellite system after the one in the Terminator series.

If this is not macho enough for you, then weep at its telecoms power and awe. Well, OK not weep, but perhaps be impressed.

I am glad our armed forces will finally be able to use the modern communications systems that us mere office workers take for granted.

However, as ever the cost is astro-nomical; fitting given the subject here.

The PFI deal that it was bought under is a typically hideous beastie. 18 years of future costs and no fixed payments. Extra's added (to the tune of a few hundred million) in 2005 for a little up specking.

Finally, just to sweeten the deal the MoD threw in a few other contracts for radio's and systems.
All this is just yet another condemnation of the MoD's procurement department, surely one of the sectors in Whitehall needing the most urgent overhaul.


James Higham said...

The correlation between events of film, particularly the Arnie series and James Bond, are intriguing, particularly when the event follows the film. One I always was surprised by was the Icelandic laser facility in DAD, although this was the film following the event. Anotehr was Diamonds are Forever and the mocked up moonwalk.

Benedict White said...

Well, PFI is shockingly bad, especially as New Labour managed to remove most of the provisions of the original Conservative laws on the subject ensuring a true transfer of risk.

On the MOD, it has been useless since before the Crimean war. I'd be inclined to shut down the department all together, make all the staff redundant and start again.

Croydonian said...

I was wondering if I was the only one who had noticed that about Skynet.

Meanwhile, two actors share the distinction of having been killed by a Terminator, an Alien and a Predator - Lance Henricksen and Bill paxton.

CityUnslicker said...

JH - it is odd how life imitates are and vice versa. there are websites that have geeks seeking to make star trek technology really work too.

BW - This PFI is a bit of a classic though. I think the link to A&O shows just how much the Government caved in. Sadly, it makes me have some sympathy for why Broon does not want to trust the MOD with more money.

C - Nice to see you here. Whereas Arnold Schwarznegger, was a terminator, killed a predator and married an alien.

Raw Carrot said...

So much for the long-promised "Smart Procurement"...

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