Members of Team ICELUS have formally signed a Collaboration Charter to form an integrated and collaborative project team built up from Airbus Defence and Space and Fujitsu, capable of working collaboratively with the MoD and suppliers for a minimum duration of 10 years.
Team ICELUS will respond to the TRINITY Design & System Integration Delivery (DSID) Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), which is part of the Land Environment Tactical Communications and Information Systems programme – known as LE TacCIS.
As a promise of the Collaboration Charter, using the principles of ISO 44001, Team ICELUS will work with commercial transparency to create a strong and robust relationship built on trust, honesty and mutual accountability, whilst committing to joint goals with complete respect for the diverse cultures and motivations, and ultimately form the bonds of critical friends with the consistency and collaborative innovation needed to deliver evidence based results.
“The ICELUS approach will deliver the first stepping stone toward Global Hyper Connectivity and the realisation of the Digital Backbone. This will be achieved using an agnostic bearer approach to connectivity using a single management platform. The ICELUS collaboration jointly explores 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” said Darren Ware, the Team ICELUS spokesperson and Campaign Lead for this opportunity.
The TRINITY Design and System Integration Delivery (DSID) contract runs for a maximum of 9 years (5+2+1+1), and covers the development of a through life detailed technical design for a deployable WAN to suit portable and military vehicles. The scope will also include the management of changes to the designs, service management, system integration activities to deliver an operable system, and the possible supply of some or all of the components required to provide the capability for each of the variants.
In March 2021, Airbus, Fujitsu and Thales formed Team ICELUS to bring together a trusted collective of MOD strategic partners who have a unique breadth of expertise of defence communications networks. 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 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.
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 (CIS).
LE TacCIS is designed to be resilient, working securely in a congested and contested cyber battlespace. It will degrade gracefully and recover when attacked, continuing to provide essential Command and Control (C2) services and capabilities. It will integrate with other systems to allow the quick and easy sharing of information between platforms and weapon systems, delivering full-spectrum, multi-domain effects.
In contrast to the current system’s single source prime supplier model, elements of the LE TacCIS programme will be competed from industry who will be incentivised to deliver increased system agility, capability and value for money.