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Armed Forces: Defence Information Infrastructure

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 19 January 2010


My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Quentin Davies) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

On the 18 December 2009 the Ministry of Defence signed the next programmed critical phase to its incremental contract to deliver the Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) Programme which is placed with its delivery partner, the ATLAS Consortium. The contract amendment to include DII increment 3a is worth around £540 million and the cost of ownership of the whole DII programme remains unchanged at £7.1 billion.

DII increment 3a will provide a further 42,000 computer terminals operating in the restricted and secret domains at the remaining MoD permanent sites, replacing outdated legacy IT systems with improved capability to meet the current and future threats to the UK and its allies. Increment 3a will provide enhanced capability to around 60,000 personnel, notably within the RAF, at Joint Helicopter Command and at other defence locations.

DII is the largest defence IT programme of its type in the world and is already delivering operational benefits to the UK’s front-line troops and to the wider department. Once delivered in full DII will provide a single, secure and coherent IT infrastructure across the whole of defence, providing support to some 300,000 users, using around 140,000 computer terminals. Through delivery, DII will ensure essential IT operational capability is maintained and enhanced to meet the challenges defence must be prepared for. The overall DII contract currently runs to 2015.

DII is on track to deliver estimated benefits to the department in excess of £1.6 billion over the 10 years of the contract.