Airbus, Fujitsu and Thales UK have signed a memorandum of understanding to work collaboratively on the upcoming ‘Systems Integrator’ opportunity for the Ministry of Defence, Land Environment Tactical Communications and Information Systems programme – known as LE TacCIS.
Following the signature of the MOU, the partners have formed team ICELUS led by Airbus that will bring together a trusted collective of MOD strategic partners who have a unique breadth of expertise of defence communications networks.
According to Airbus:
“ICELUS will offer pioneering change through a coherent systems integration approach to ultimately deliver operational effectiveness and information advantage to the end user, whilst sustaining a UK centric, defence industrial base. The three partners will be able to jointly explore how their respective unique expertise and solutions can be combined in order to put forward the best-possible proposals with regard to capabilities and competitiveness for this major programme.
ICELUS will focus on the upcoming LE TacCIS System Integrator (SI) opportunity to lead on the design and integration of the products & services for applications, infrastructures and networks. The LE TacCIS System Integrator is expected to be contracted by 2023/2024.”
The LE TacCIS programme consists of multiple sub-programmes and projects with the aim to deliver the “next generation of tactical military communications in the land environment, providing the means to make informed and timely decisions enabled by agile Communication Information Systems”.