Nato to spend £2.6 billion on satellites, cyber security and drones


Nato will announce plans to spend €3bn (£2.6bn) on upgrading its satellite and computer technology over the next three years, a senior official has said.

As the alliance adapts to new types of warfare it hoped the technology will deter hackers, as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) acknowledges conflicts are increasingly fought out online rather than in the air, on land or at sea.

The plans include a €1.7bn (£1.5bn) investment in satellite communications to better support troops and ships deployed across the alliance, as well as aiding the use of drones, a senior official at the Nato Communications and Information Agency said.

Around €800m (£690m) spent on computer systems that help command air and missile defences.

However, some of the funding is still subject to approval by the individual Nato governments.

It was not immediately clear if Nato allies would fund a new military communications satellite to be launched into space or if an increase in broadband capacity could be gained from existing US and other allied satellites.

An investment of €71m (£61m) will go to improving the protection of Nato’s 32 main locations from cyber attacks and another €180m (£155m) is to be spent to provide more secure mobile communications for alliance soldiers in the field.

It comes at a time of heightened tensions between Nato and Russia. The Kremlin has been accused of sponsoring attacks on Nato networks before major summits.

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