CSC and BT extend partnership with bid for £5bn defence contract

Computer Sciences Corporation, BT, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young UK and French defence contractor Thales have formed a consortium to...

Computer Sciences Corporation, BT, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young UK and French defence contractor Thales have formed a consortium to bid for a £5bn contract to overhaul and run the UK's defence IT systems.

Defence Communication Services Agency, which will run procurement for the project, aims to update the UK military's basic IT infrastructure and improve command and battlefield management systems.

The proposed Defence Information Infrastructure programme will support 320,000 user accounts and more than 140,000 access devices by 2008.

CSC, in partnership with BT, won a £1.5bn IT outsourcing contract with Royal Mail earlier this month.

The two companies are in a consortium bidding for the giant Inland Revenue Aspire contract and are both bidding to become contractors in the £2.3bn NHS national programme for IT.

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