The Ministry of Defence say that a logistics system critical to British military operations around the world will be supported under a new five-year, £460 million contract with Boeing Defence UK.
According to a news release:
Supporting the Ministry of Defence’s ongoing Modernising Defence Programme, this new contract will ensure all single services have access to a single technology-enabled system to support essential inventory services, covering everything from washers and bolts to replacement parts for nuclear missiles.”
The Ministry of Defence advise that around 300 jobs will be sustained at Boeing Defence UK’s Milton Keynes and Bristol sites, as well as a further 375 roles in the wider UK supply chain including IBM, Fujitsu, Sopra Steria and BAE Systems.
Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin said:
“This contract helps ensure our Armed Forces can rapidly deploy personnel and equipment on operations at home and abroad whenever required, maintaining their reputation as one of the finest fighting forces in the world.”
The contract enables the management of current a
nd future equipment through ongoing access to cutting-edge software applications that are maintained and updated in line with “the changing needs of Defence”. The Ministry of Defence also say that the £460 million contract is being delivered three months early and is expected to save £54 million over the five years.