The Ministry of Defence has signed two IT contracts costing more than £1bn.
The government has split the projects into two: The New Style of IT Project, which will cost around £933m and focus on providing IT services, and the Global Connectivity contract which will supply the connectivity services and will cost more than £550m.
The MoD hopes the two contracts will help save £1bn over the next 10 years, to then reinvest directly into its defence budget for new equipment and defence programmes.
Defence secretary Michael Fallon said: "We must keep pace with those who pose a threat to UK security, whether overt or cyber-based. The new contracts will enhance our fighting capability and make us more efficient in our work.
"Alongside this enhanced capability we have managed to secure huge savings of £1bn over 10 years. All of this money will be reinvested back into defence, ultimately helping keep Britain safe."
The contracts will aim to provide increased employee mobility, secure IT services such as cloud computing and Microsoft Office 365 as well as "integrated user services".
The department is still without a follow-up contract for voice, video and mobile phone and announced this would be reported on
later in 2015.
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