The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded CGI a contract to provide support services for an artillery and infantry command and control application which helps provide fire support to the British Army during operations.
CGI will be responsible for providing software support for the ‘Fire Control Battlefield Information System Application’ and the ‘Fire Control Application’ (FCA) system. The Canadian multinational firm will also provide hardware support for the FCA handheld computer platform.
CGI, which originally developed the applications, said the updated version will improve the battlefield effectiveness of the British Army’s infantry and artillery by improving tempo, safety and accuracy of fire.
The contract includes scope for it to be extended to cover enhanced support for “operational deployments” and “capability enhancements”.
The new FCA system will be delivered to the Army this year, according to MoD project manager Daniel James.
“This will deliver benefits including a 50 percent size and weight saving as well as the latest version of the FCA software, improving both safety and accuracy over its predecessor,” he added.
“Over a 35 year period [CGI] has built deep technical expertise (software solutions, systems integration, secure hosting services) and domain knowledge (CGI provides training across the MoD including business, logistics and management information to frontline operations),” Michael Larner, principal analyst at TechMarketView, said.
“Contract wins such as this, plus recent wins at North Wales Police, NHS Shared Business Service, the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) and National Security Vetting Solution (NSVS) will further cement the UK as CGI’s star performer,” he added.
Earlier this week the MoD announced it had launched a private cloud platform for application sharing built by CGI via a two-year G-Cloud contract.