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5 June 2003 - IBM, BAE SYSTEMS and STERIA will jointly bid for a UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract to support true end-to-end (E2E) communications for UK Armed Forces.

The project, known as Defence Information Infrastructure (DII), encompasses the MoD’s entire information infrastructure stretching from all MoD fixed sites in the UK and abroad to deployed headquarters and military platforms around the world.

The joint team offers true E2E infrastructure management capability, combining world class project management with a proven ability to control risk, deliver benefits and implement change in a highly complex, large scale environment.

IBM’s experience in delivery of large scale, multi-year outsourcing contracts is complemented by BAE SYSTEMS’ proven expertise in delivering solutions to meet the complex requirements of global operations in the defence domain and STERIA's experience as a long term trusted infrastructure and managed services supplier to the MoD throughout the world.

The team’s strengths include global IT infrastructure rollout and management, and deep domain expertise in meeting the MoD's unique military requirements. Added to this, the team will support innovation by drawing on research and development facilities that will ensure IT infrastructures are 'future proofed' over the course of the ten-year contract.

Together, IBM, BAE SYSTEMS and STERIA offer the MoD the foundation for low risk end-to-end IT infrastructure management that will enable staff to operate more effectively anywhere within the network enabled infrastructure.

ENDS


About BAE SYSTEMS:

BAE SYSTEMS is a systems company, innovating for a safer world. BAE SYSTEMS employs nearly 100,000 people including Joint Ventures, and has annual sales of around £12 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills. BAE SYSTEMS designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defence products. BAE SYSTEMS is dedicated to making the intelligent connections needed to deliver innovative solutions.


About IBM Global Services:

IBM Global Services is the world's largest information technology services provider, with professionals serving customers in 160 countries and annual revenue of more than ¤36 billion (2002), or 45 percent of IBM's total annual revenue. IBM Global Services offers a broad range of capabilities - consulting, IT services, hardware, software, research and financing – to help companies of all sizes realize the full value of information technology. For more information, visit: www.ibm.com/services


About STERIA (www.steria.com)

With 2002 revenue of 1.018bn Euros and over 8000 employees, STERIA is one of the top ten IT services companies in Europe. Present in 12 countries worldwide, the Group is positioned as an IT services global operator thanks to the mastery of its three core businesses: consulting, systems integration and managed services.

Its acknowledged expertise in managing large-scale projects and its range of industrialised solutions in Europe enable STERIA to offer its customers a reliable service with commitment to cost and risk control. The Group has strong sector-based expertise in the Public Sector, Banking and Insurance, Manufacturing/Utilities/Transport and Telecommunications markets.

Created in 1969, the STERIA group is a pioneer in employee shareholding, with 31% of its capital being held by employees. STERIA is listed on the Premier Marché of the Paris Stock Exchange and in the SBF 120 index.


For further information contact:
Kathryn Andrews, BAE SYSTEMS C4ISR
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 38 4856
Email: kathryn.andrews@baesystems.com

Joe Hanley, Media Relations Manager, IBM UK
Off:+44 (0)20 8844 6972
Mob:+44 (0)78 0350 2318
E-mail: hanleyj@uk.ibm.com

Lynda Chambers, Marketing Director, STERIA
Tel: +44 (0) 1442 88 5070
Mob: +44 (0) 7710 027 629
E-mail: lynda.chambers@steria.co.uk

Issued by:
BAE SYSTEMS, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 6YU,UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 384605
Fax: +44 (0) 1252 383947
www.baesystems.com





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