Written evidence submitted by Ms Shahida Barick, UK/Europe Space Business Lead at L3Harris Technologies

 

House of Commons Defence Committee Inquiry – Space Defence

 

Introduction

 

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet government mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

 

The Company is particularly proud of its role in supporting current space programmes and future developments in the space domain, from critical components on the Mars ROVER vehicle to deep space telescopes.  From the outset of the US Government’s Global Positioning System (GPS) programme, L3Harris has been at the very core of the technology and has delivered an equivalent of 800 failure-free years of operation across GPS constellations. In addition, the company continues to strengthen its relationship with the Department of Defence (DoD), US Space Force (USSF) and the Space Development Agency (SDA) on future Positioning, Navigation & Timing (PNT) solutions such as the Navigation Technology Satellite (NTS-3), which is an experimental, end-to-end demonstration of agile, resilient space-based PNT utilizing a software-driven system of system design concept; Command & Control (C2) work on the US National Space Operations Centre (NSpOC), space and ground based ISR solutions as well as work on future space architectures on data transfer layers and the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) programme.

 

L3Harris Technologies is currently delivering the exact capabilities the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has identified as critical capability areas for future UK defence space portfolio into the US Government.

 

In addition, in the UK L3Harris is the design authority, equipment supplier and maintainer for all 50,000 Bowman Tactical Radios in service with the British Army.

 

We believe we are well placed to support the UK government to understand better how to work more effectively with industrial partners and allies on delivering on present and future space defence programmes.

 

The answers to the questions are laid out in a bullet-point format for ease.

 

Q1 – How should the UK Government seek to further its strategic relationships and interoperability with allies?

 

 

Q2 – Where can the UK most effectively develop and deploy its own sovereign defence capabilities, with particular regard to:

As stated above, an intelligent cross-party dialogue is required to understand what capabilities the UK requires as part of its defence space portfolio to ensure security, sustainability and prosperity for the UK and then in support of its allies and friendly nations. Development of key £multi-billion and million programmes must only be undertaken if the UK cannot source these capabilities from allied nations without service interruption. Where complementary products, capabilities and services can be procured, manufactured and delivered, this should be a preferred option.

Space Situational Awareness

 

PNT (Position, Navigation, Timing) services, in the context of the UK’s exit from the EU’s Galileo and EGNOS programmes

 

Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

 

Communications

 

Q3 – How vulnerable are our space assets to deliberate attack, both physical and otherwise, and what steps can be taken to improve their resilience (with regard both to defence capabilities and other critical national infrastructure)?

 

Q4 – How can defence industrial policy ensure that investment and innovation in in the private space sector is harnessed to align with the UK’s defence requirements?

 

Q5 – Have recent machinery of government changes ensured a joined-up and coherent approach to defence space policy both across Whitehall and within the MoD? What further improvements could be made?

 

Q6 – What should be the priorities of the new Space Command, and how will its structures facilitate integration across all military domains and co-operation with commercial space operations?

 

Q7 – How can the Ministry of Defence ensure that it attracts, develops and retains high calibre space specialists in both policy and operational roles?

 

2nd Aug 21