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UK Ministry of Defence appoints Team Excalibur as preferred bidder for Project SHEPHERD

November 2010

MASS, a Cohort plc company, is pleased to announce that Team Excalibur, a consortium led by Logica, a leading business and technology service company, and comprising MASS and SRC Inc., formerly Syracuse Research Corporation, has been down-selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) as the preferred bidder for Project SHEPHERD.

Project SHEPHERD, previously known as Defence Electronic Warfare Centre Improvement Programme (DEWC IP), is a strategically important programme for the UK Ministry of Defence. It will ensure front line forces are provided with improved Electronic Warfare information to support more effective operations. The provision of such data is central to the MOD’s ISTAR (Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance) strategy as it underpins situational awareness and helps enable spectrum dominance. In an environment where defence is being asked to achieve more for less, SHEPHERD will provide the Defence Electronic Warfare Centre (DEWC) with a crucial step-change in automated end-to-end capability to enable more efficient support to the front line.

Under Project SHEPHERD, if awarded the contract Team Excalibur will be responsible for the upgrade of the UK Defence Electronic Warfare Database, as well as providing a suite of state of the art Electronic Warfare Operational Support tools. This is accompanied by process management, workflow and reporting tools to deliver operational efficiencies and integration across the DEWC enterprise. Team Excalibur is formed of leading specialists in their field, with MASS providing advanced data management and SRC providing specialist data analysis tools.

Ed Jones, Managing Director of Logica Space and Defence said "I am delighted the UK Ministry of Defence has selected Team Excalibur as preferred bidder for the SHEPHERD programme. Logica and our consortium partners have been working with the MOD over the last year to demonstrate that we can deliver advanced capability to provide a real step-change in EW Operational Support capability. This is a highly specialised domain, but Team Excalibur has many years of experience working with the DEWC, and this expertise has been recognised through our down selection for this important programme."

Ashley Lane, Managing Director of MASS said "The SHEPHERD programme will deliver a world-leading capability to the DEWC thus ensuring our front line forces have the latest and most up to date electronic warfare protection in theatre. I am very proud that at the heart of this system will be UK technology in the form of our next generation Data Management System."

"Our experience in Electronic Warfare spans more than 35 years, and we are excited for the opportunity to partner with other leaders in the industry," stated Bob Roberts, SRC’s president and CEO. "I'm confident that our team will provide exceptional support in helping the UK strengthen their defense in Electronic Warfare."