Feeds

General Dynamics named MoD networking supplier

Listen out for Listener

Boost IT visibility and business value

The Ministry of Defence has announced the supplier for a project to boost its networking capabilities.

General Dynamics UK has been selected as a preferred bidder for the assessment phase of the programme to deliver networked information systems to the UK's armed forces. The final contract will be awarded in September 2007.

The programme, known as Listener, will integrate UK intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance systems, with its allies in the United States and Nato. Under the groundbreaking project, data will be automatically fused and create intelligence for commanders to act upon.

A 10 month assessment phase will concentrate on defining the system solution reducing risk in preparation for full development, scheduled for 2009.

General Dynamics UK said that it will be evaluating a number of technology options during the assessment, including elements of the United States' network centric collaborative targeting capability.

The company's team for Listener will be led by a business unit based in Hastings and will incorporate EADS UK, Systems Consultants Services, Vega Group, Marshall Solutions and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.

Kable defence analyst Chris Pennell said on 31 July 2007: "This is a key win for GD, We estimate that the MoD will spend £469m on the ICT elements of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programmes in 2007/08, of which the Listener project will be a key component.

"While this is certainly a key area for investment by the MoD, the size of the task should not be underestimated. Past events in both Iraq and Afghanistan show how much work there is still to be done on developing interoperability between coalition forces."

Dr Sandy Wilson, president and managing director of General Dynamics UK, said that his company had the expertise to deal with the complex sensor fusion, networking and systems integration of Listener.

"We are delighted to have been down-selected for the Listener AP and to have the opportunity to demonstrate our innovative approach to the MoD," he said.

This article was originally published at Kablenet.

Kablenet's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Has Europe cut the UK adrift on data protection?
EU reckons we've one foot out the door anyway
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter
You'd better not be talking about the council's housing plans
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law
Welcome in a New Era ... of copyright litigation
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.