Airbus, Fujitsu and Thales UK have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work jointly on the upcoming Systems Integrator (SI) for the British Army.
The three companies will jointly work for the UK Ministry of Defence’s land environment tactical communications and information systems programme, named ‘LE TacCIS’.
Following the signing, the partners have formed team ICELUS, which is led by Airbus.
According to Airbus, ICELUS will offer ‘pioneering change through a coherent systems integration approach’ to deliver operational effectiveness to the end-user.
The three partners will look at ways to integrate their expertise and solutions to develop ‘best-possible proposals’ with respect to capabilities and competitiveness for the programme.
ICELUS will be engaged on the upcoming LE TacCIS SI opportunity to lead the ‘design and integration of the products & services for applications, infrastructures and networks’.
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Airbus noted that the LE TacCIS SI is expected to be contracted by 2023 or 2024.
The LE TacCIS programme comprises multiple sub-programmes and projects.
These programmes and projects are aimed at delivering advanced tactical military communications in the land environment.
Airbus said in a statement: “In contrast to the current system’s single source prime supplier model, elements of the LE TacCIS programme will be competed from industry who will be incentivised to deliver increased system agility, capability and value for money.”
LE TacCIS provides command and control services and capabilities and is designed to be resilient, ‘working securely in a congested and contested cyber battlespace’.
It will integrate with other systems to enable quick and easy information sharing between platforms and weapon systems.