Distributed command and control application supports battlefield effectiveness of Infantry and Artillery
CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide ongoing support services for the Fire Control Battlefield Information System Application (FC BISA) and the Fire Control Application (FCA) system. FC BISA is a distributed command and control application that helps the British Artillery and Infantry provide accurate and effective indirect fire support to the British Army during operations.
CGI will provide software applications support for FC BISA and the FCA as well as hardware support for the FCA handheld computer platform. This contract builds on CGI’s 12 years of experience in developing and supporting mission critical, operational systems that meet high integrity levels. The applications, which were developed by CGI, automate many operational functions to improve tempo, safety and accuracy and are a critical part of a long-term programme to modernise indirect fire support systems.
CGI’s Steve Smart, Vice President, Space, Defence, National and Cybersecurity, in the UK commented: “This support service contract will enable the MOD to train and operate effectively, supported by CGI’s deep technical expertise and domain knowledge. The contract can be extended to provide enhanced support for operational deployments and capability enhancements and will strengthen our secure application development, support and hosting expertise and offerings. We look forward to working with the MOD to deliver first class support.”
MOD’s Daniel James, Project Manager said: “The award of this Contract and our close working relationship with CGI enables the new FCA system to be fielded to the Army during 2015, This will deliver benefits including a 50% size and weight saving as well as the latest version of the FCA software, improving both safety and accuracy over its predecessor.”
CGI has a 35 year relationship with the MOD and has built a reputation for delivering secure end-to end information solutions. CGI provides defence advice, software solutions, systems integration, secure hosting services and training across the MOD including business, logistics and management information to frontline operations.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 68,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as a wide range of proprietary solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com
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