$151m defence support deal for Fujitsu

03-08-2010

The Department of Defence's strategic reform program is picking up speed, with a $151 million contract awarded to Fujitsu this month for the consolidation and provision of Defence’s central information and communications technology support services.

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, Mike Kelly announced the deal as an extension of a contract initially given to former Telstra subsidiary KAZ, and covering Defence’s Central ICT Service Helpdesk services.

The initial contract terms stipulated a period of three years with extension options for up to 20 years, at an approximate cost of $151.3 million for routine operational services.

Dr Kelly said the contract was a part of a supplier consolidation program aimed at decreasing the number of Defence technology providers, while increasing the output of each provider.

"Within a few years Defence aims to have fewer suppliers of ICT services, he said.

"However, those suppliers who are selected as key strategic partners will have increased responsibility and the opportunity to contribute directly to Defence's business outcomes.”  



Fujitsu Australia CEO, Rod Vawdrey said the contract augments the companies already strong position in federal government and highlights the strength Fujitsu brings to delivering ICT services to Defence.

Fujitsu will bring in UK-based defence expert Ian Gray to Australia to manage the initiative, now called The Distributed Computing Central Services (DCCS).

RELATED NEWS

  1. Made a program change you wish you hadn't? Lose the only copy of the device program? Not sure if the program running is the right one?
    Control Logic’s ‘Vault’, powered by MDT AutoSave Change Management software, is a plug-and-play system to help reduce errors and downtime, increase productivity,...
  2. tank
    A collaborative partnership between Lockheed Martin, Australian manufacturer Omni Tanker and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) will look to develop and commercialise world-first composite tank technologies, thanks to a grant from the Federal Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre...
  3. 3D printer
    Obsolescence is an unavoidable part of any manufacturing environment. However, it’s concerning that nearly 70% of companies admit they do not know when vital equipment requires replacing, or when they do, they scramble to find replacements. Here, Claudia Jarrett, country manager at automation parts...