The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a £20m contract to systems provider MASS Consultants to manage IT facilities supporting the operation of the UK's nuclear deterrent.
MASS, which is part of the Silicon Valley Group, will be working with IBM, Matra BAe Dynamics, CSC, CSF Solutions and Planned Maintenance Engineering, to carry out a wide range of engineering activities. These will include maintaining IT infrastructure, creating and implementing an IT strategy, operational analysis, software engineering and the management of a UK MoD computer facility.
The ministry has recently undergone a radical re-organisation, and is now keen to adopt modern and efficient business processes and to break down internal barriers, making its procurement more efficient.
Earlier this year, the MoD awarded a £50m contract to French IT company Cap Gemini Ernst and Young to supply it with e-business systems.
Malcolm Lowes, MASS business operations director, said, "We will support the strategic systems integrated project team to the best of our abilities and we look forward to establishing a close, successful and mutually advantageous working relationship."