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4 April 2012 by Yevgeniy Sverdlik - DatacenterDynamics
French IT vendor Bull took two big steps to get more business from the defense sector internationally. The company signed two separate agreements that will get it closer to signing contracts with NATO and India’s Defense Ministry, it announced last week.
Bull signed an agreement with the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency, which provides a framework for Bull and the agency to do business together quickly, the company said.
Saskia Van Uffelen, of Bull Belux, said the company already had a lot of experience with defense projects.
“The company has been involved in projects as diverse as the largest European supercomputers for nuclear simulations, warship information systems, mobile tactical systems, remote processing of military devices and radar interceptors, among others,” Van Uffelen said.
The agreement with NATO gives Bull the ability to compete for NATO contracts that include purchase of servers, storage, radio systems, cryptology systems, security software, container units, consultancy and other products and services.
Bull’s other push further into the defense market came in the form of an agreement with the Indian defense manufacturer Axis Aerospace and Technologies (AAT). The company is a prime contractor that will provide complete systems to the country’s Ministry of Defense, as well as associated support and maintenance.
Bull will help AAT provide the ministry with solutions for electronic warfare. The French company will supply all main electronic-warfare subsystems, including electronic support measures for radar, communications and electronic signal-jamming systems.