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Akkodis wins contract from Canada DND to modernize IT systems

Akkodis wins major contract
Akkodis wins major contract

Akkodis, Thales, and KWESST win a major contract by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) recently to modernize and transform software systems. The contract is worth an estimated CAD 136 million and will see the three companies collaborate to develop, support, and sustain specialized command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) software and integration services required to uphold the safety of Canadians.

Akkodis is a global digital engineering company that provides consulting and software engineering services. Thales is a global technology company that specializes in defense, aerospace, transportation, and digital identity and security. KWESST Micro Systems is a Canadian company that develops and manufactures advanced technology for the defense and security markets.

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The contract is a significant win for Akkodis, Thales, and KWESST, as it demonstrates their commitment to the digital transformation of Canada’s armed forces. The project will help to ensure that Canada’s armed forces are equipped with the latest digital technologies and that they can continue to protect the country’s security.

The project will commence before the end of 2023 and will be primarily based in the National Capital Region. Support will also be provided across Canada at various DND locations.

Tao Qiu, Country President , Akkodis, Canada
Tao Qiu, Country President , Akkodis, Canada

Tao Qiu, Country President for Akkodis in Canada, said, “Akkodis is honored to support the Canadian Government in fulfilling its commitment to strengthen the resiliency of processes, systems, facilities, technologies, and services – essential to the health, safety, security, and economic well-being of Canadians and people around the world.” He continued, “With our consulting and software engineering expertise, combined with the complementary strengths of Thales and KWESST, our JV partners, we will equip the DND with the agility and flexibility needed in a constantly evolving world. We will enable the DND to keep pace with the rapid evolution of technology and accelerate in their digitalization journey. We are proud to be Engineering a Smarter Future Together with the DND and our partners.”

Ian Krepps, Vice-President, Business Development & Growth, Thales Canada
Ian Krepps, Vice-President, Business Development & Growth, Thales Canada

Ian Krepps, Vice-President, Business Development & Growth, Thales Canada, said, “The opportunity to further enable the Army’s digital transformation in close collaboration with Akkodis and KWESST as our partners is one Thales welcomes. It’s also an opportunity for us to further leverage Thales’ expertise in Land command and control, as well as in collaborative systems. Together, we can innovate and sustain C4ISR solutions that the Army can trust, both in its response to a changing world and in pursuit of Canada’s defence policy.”

David Luxton, Executive Chairman, KWESST Micro Systems
David Luxton, Executive Chairman, KWESST Micro Systems

David Luxton, Executive Chairman, KWESST Micro Systems, said, “KWESST is incredibly excited to be working with Thales and Akkodis on this contract. The companies are very highly regarded in the Canadian defence community. KWESST is honoured to be a vital force development partner for the Canadian Army as it looks to implement its Digital Modernization Strategy.”

The contract won by Akkodis, Thales, and KWESST is a significant step forward in the digital transformation of Canada’s armed forces. The project will help to ensure that Canada’s armed forces are equipped with the latest digital technologies and that they can continue to protect the country’s security.

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