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CSC group in front line for German military contract

A consortium led by the subsidiary of the IT services and consulting company Computer Sciences is poised to win a ten-year,...

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A consortium led by the subsidiary of the IT services and consulting company Computer Sciences is poised to win a ten-year, €6.5bn (£4.2bn) contract to equip Germany's armed forces with voice and data computer networks and wireless communications, and provide related support and services.

The Isic 21 consortium, led by CSC Ploenzke, learned yesterday that it had been awarded "preferred bidder status" in the tender for the army's Hercules IT project.

The group, which also includes the German-Franco-Spanish European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, the German wireless operator Mobilcom and CSC, will "now enter into the due diligence phase in which we will evaluate whether the companies are able to meet all our needs," a ministry spokesman said.

The Isic 21 consortium is up against a consortium consisting of Deutsche Telekom, Siemens and IBM. The ministry expects to complete the due diligence process and make a decision within the next three months.

CSC has been working with several German ministries and has already implemented an information system for Germany's armed forces.

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