Contract extension for ATLAS

The MoD has approved a contract extension with the EDS-lead ATLAS Consortium to deploy its networking project into a military operations environment.


The MoD has approved a contract extension with the EDS-lead ATLAS Consortium to deploy the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future), or DII(F) project into a military operations environment.



This is a further element of the 10-year DII(F) contract awarded in March 2005 to modernise and create a single coherent MoD information infrastructure.



The ATLAS Consortium comprises EDS as lead contractor, Fujitsu Services, General Dynamics, EADS Defence and Security Systems and LogicaCMG.



According to EDS, whose UK headquarters are in London, this contract amendment increases its revenue from the MoD DII(F) contract by £269m through to 2015.



‘Increment 2’ of the DII(F) programme consists of adding more workstations in the office environment, focussing on the deployed military environment and a third, classified, element.



The deployed environment element includes the provision of 3,300 user access devices (UADs) to support military staff in the field, of which 1,900 will be in the land deployed and maritime environments. To provide a reliable service for the mission critical planning and operational command and control systems that DII(F) will support, the contract includes developing a service management and support mechanism to ensure a suitable level of services and operational imperatives is met.



The DII(F) programme is intended to replace numerous individual information systems throughout the MoD with a single, more efficient information infrastructure. It will enable many of the defence efficiency measures under the UK Defence Change Programme to be achieved. These include improving the capability of the armed forces through a single network of information.