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Topical Questions

Part of Defence – in the House of Commons on 3rd February 2020.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

Our armed forces were due to have access to Galileo’s encrypted system when it becomes fully operational in 2026, but now we have left the EU, that will not be the case. Can the Secretary of State tell the House when the UK’s own global navigation satellite system will be fully up and running? Given that the first satellites may only be launched by 2025, and the system will not be operational until 2030, what will fill the gap in capabilities that this presents?