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HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

10 June 1921 - 9 April 2021

It is with the utmost sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness was hugely significant in the Armed Forces having served operationally himself for many years, and he was respected by all who served alongside him and after him. He was made Field Marshal of the British Army in 1953, a rank he held until his death, and he enjoyed strong lifelong connections with many British and Commonwealth services, regiments and corps. His loss is deeply felt and our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.

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New logistic Support contract will save millions for British Army

Defence Digital has announced the signing of a five year, £150m Logistics Support Contract (LSC) with Babcock International Group. This contract considerably cuts costs for the Army, saving in the region of £50 million on the previous contract and will deliver essential replacement parts to soldiers in a fraction of the time they would have previously expected.

The Battlefield and Tactical Communication Information Systems (BATCIS) team is responsible for the development, fielding and sustainment of a range of tactical communication and information systems.

This contract will support the Delivery Team with an intelligent logistic support solution that delivers cost effective and resilient support to the whole of the equipment portfolio it supports as part of the Land Environment Tactical Communications and Information Systems (LE TacCIS) Programme. The solution will deliver four critical services: inventory management, inventory modelling, information management and technical services. 

This contract offers us cheaper core costs and reduces pass-through costs, delivering more efficient and effective processes across the critical TacCIS network. Maj Gen Jon Cole

The contract utilises existing and tested Defence solutions, protocols and systems to achieve efficiencies aligned to current Logistic strategies. It provides resilience to the whole of the Armed Forces for critical operations while exploiting the expertise within Babcock, who have designed this service based on their support service to the Royal Navy. 

The award of this contract represents an important step for the Armed Forces transitioning from Bowman to MORPHEUS, which will better connect deployed forces to their commanders, give improved access to operational IT systems and simplify the user experience, as part of the LE TacCIS Programme. This move will also provide the functionality to avoid vendor lock-in and provide the platform with open competition.

Major General Jon Cole, the Senior Responsible Owner for LE TacCIS and the British Army's Chief Information Officer commented: 

“Well done to Babcock International Group for winning our support contract, I’d like to welcome them to the LE TacCIS team of partners. We look forward to working together to drive operational availability and to deliver financial efficiencies. This contract offers us cheaper core costs and reduces pass-through costs, delivering more efficient and effective processes across the critical TacCIS network.”