Skynet 5C is the third and currently final Skynet 5 military communications satellite, to be used by the British Ministry
of Defence (MoD). The satellite carries an X-band communications payload to reach military users throughout a large swath of
Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Equipped with 24 super-high-frequency and UHF channels, the satellite will serve as an
orbital relay station for secure jam-resistant voice, video and digital communications between commanders and troops deployed
around the world
Arianespace launched Ariane 5ECA vehicle L540 on flight V183
on Jun 12. The EPC stage reached a -1062 x 172 km x 6.8 deg
sub-orbit, and the ESC-A stage delivered two satellites to transfer orbit.
Skynet 5C is an Astrium Eurostar E3000
satellite for Paradigm, the private company which operates
the Skynet system for the UK Ministry of Defence.