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New contracts bring 1 billion pounds savings over 10 years to UK Defence

Staff writer |
The Ministry of Defence has signed two new contracts for its IT and communications supply that will bring huge savings of over £1bn over 10 years as well as significantly improving capability.

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All the savings made will be reinvested directly into Defence, helping to bring new equipment and programmes into fruition, ultimately helping to keep Britain safe.

The ATLAS Consortium, a collaborative team led by HP and including Fujitsu, Airbus Defence and Space and CGI, will provide a secure New Style of IT (NSoIT) to the majority of Defence users in offices, headquarters and deployed bases by September 2016.

This New Style of IT is a contract worth £933m and is a renegotiation of the original extension of the Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) contract.

Fujitsu has been awarded a contract worth in excess of £550m to provide our core global connectivity services for the next five years.

A further announcement will follow on the award of a contract for voice, video and mobile phone elements which will complement the other capabilities being delivered and allow our military and civilian users to exploit them to their fullest potential.

The new contracts transform the delivery of information and communication technology across Defence, providing a new IT system fully exploiting the power of cloud computing, along with Microsoft Office 365 software, and securely delivering greater agility and mobility to our service personnel wherever they may be.

This move is a significant upgrade of current capability and will put Defence on the front foot with its industry partners to deal with global threats to national security.

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