MoD deploys more PCs to fight the Taliban

A further 3,300 computer terminals for commanding military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are being delivered to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), at a cost of £270m.

A further 3,300 computer terminals for commanding military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are being delivered to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), at a cost of £270m.

The MoD has a £2.3bn contract with the Atlas Consortium - led by EDS - for the provision of the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) programme, which started in March 2005, will provide around 150,000 computer terminals across 2,000 MoD sites worldwide.

The £2.3bn contract has just been amended to incorporate an extra £270m for the 3,300 additional machines.

The MoD said 1,900 of these extra machines will be deployed to headquarters on the ground and on board Royal Navy ships.

The project team leader, Bob Quick, said, "This is a first step in enhancing deployable capability to forces deployed to theatres such as Iraq and Afghanistan."

The Atlas Consortium comprises EDS, Fujitsu, EADS, General Dynamics, LogicaCMG and a number of others.

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