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Atos heads up £25m networking contract with Ministry of Defence

Vega, Finmeccanica and ISG join consortium

Atos has won a bid to lead a team of companies that includes Vega, Finmeccanica and Information Services Group to become the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) defence communications networks services (DCNS) strategic partner.

The contract is worth £25 million over three years, with the potential to extend to seven.

Ursula Morgenstern, CEO Atos, UK and Ireland, said: "We are immensely pleased that, along with our colleagues in Vega and ISG, we have been selected as the MoD's DCNS Strategic Partner, and will be able to bring our considerable knowledge of the Defence sector to provide communications solutions that will save the UK MOD money whilst delivering the flexible and specialist systems required."

The DCNS programme will develop the services and organisational strategy for future information and communications systems delivering continuity of service and building on the information services that support UK Armed Forces operations worldwide.

Atos has said that the team will work jointly with the MoD's defence equipment and support information systems and services (ISS) programme to meet the objectives of the UK government's ICT strategy - enabling more cost effective information solutions whilst maintaining services for the end user.

The Head of the UK MoD ISS Programme Team, Commodore Jamie Hay, said: "The Atos Team solution brings world class commercial best practice in delivering information and communications, set within a comprehensive understanding of the operational and business needs of Defence."

In other news, the MoD has issued an accelerated tender for new air movements software on the grounds of 'extreme urgency', stating it needed to move quickly in order to avoid a 'critical capability gap'.

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