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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded European IT services company Steria a £17m contract to run its Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC).
The contract involves taking on the department's IT systems testing for the next five years. It requires Steria to oversee the activities of a number of specialist subcontractors which supply the MOD with systems designed to support specific military functions, such as battlefield management, facilities management and logistics.
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Steria's service will comply with the Itil government standard for best practice delivery of quality IT services.
LSRC communications and information systems project manager Phil Hitchinson said in a statement: "The team offers an approach which equips the LSRC to deal with the increasing demands for testing and acceptance, as it uses internationally recognised best practice methodologies."