Packet-based network routers from Nortel will be used as part of a new military satellite communications network for the United Kingdom’s armed forces, the company said Monday.

The network, to be known as Skynet 5, will be provided by Cogent, a systems integrator based in the UK, and Nortel. It is designed to deliver voice and data communications at mission critical levels and will be designed to minimize compression delay as well as “echo” in satellite links, Nortel and Cogent said. Nortel’s Passport 7400 routers and Meridian 1 PBXs are included in the network.

“Skynet 5 required a multi-service communications solution that delivers secure, carrier grade, reliable end-to-end transport for battlefield voice and data traffic,” said Ian Griffiths, director of Communications and Information for Networks UK, Cogent.