The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has admitted misleading Parliament over the delivery of a new electronic warfare (EW) information system known as Project Shepherd.
The MoD’s 2013 defence equipment plan suggested that the programme had achieved its in-service date (ISD). In reality, however, only limited functionality has been delivered to date, and an earlier system continues to be used by the UK’s Defence Electronic Warfare Centre (DEWC) as a result of the delay.
Project Shepherd is an IT project established to develop a replacement EW information system to support the UK armed forces and enable interoperability with allies. A consortium led by Logica – subsequently acquired by CGI – was contracted in 2011 for the delivery of the programme, which encompasses the upgrade of the UK Defence Electronic Warfare Database, and the provision of new EW operational support tools.
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