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22 jan 03. BTexact Technologies, BT’s advanced research and technology business, today announced that it has signed an agreement with General Dynamics UK Ltd, a world leader in mission critical defence systems, as its partner of choice for future information communication technology projects.

The agreement continues and expands a close working relationship which developed during the successful bid to establish a Defence Technology Centre (DTC) for the Ministry of Defence (MoD). One of seven virtual technology centres being developed by the MoD, the Data Fusion DTC is designed to ensure that research and development within the military is driven by commercial and academic experts.

As one of the top six defence companies worldwide, General Dynamics has enjoyed recent success throughout Europe with a number of major communications and avionics projects. When it was recently awarded lead contractor status for the Data Fusion DTC, General Dynamics UK selected BTexact as its partner of choice to jointly develop a number of high technology research and development projects.

Larry Johnson, President of General Dynamics UK, said: “General Dynamics chose to work with BTexact on the bid to run the Data Fusion Defence Technology Centre because of its proven expertise in the field of high technology research and development. The partnership between General Dynamics UK will now extend well beyond the boundaries of the Defence Technology Centre. I am proud to state that whenever General Dynamics UK is called upon to deliver network solutions we will act in unity with BT and we will seek to represent the interests of BT in our relationship with our customers and in the development of our network solutions.”

Stewart Davies, chief executive officer, BTexact Technologies, said: “BTexact has a long track record of undertaking successful research projects with the MoD, and is rapidly developing a reputation for delivering world-class research and development programmes within the information communication technology arena. Both General Dynamics UK and BTexact have a tradition of being at the forefront of modern technology. By combining our strengths, we will be able to offer our defence customers improved access to cutting-edge technology research and development expertise.”

BTexact Technologies, BT’s advanced research and technology business, offers expertise and experience in communications technology and e-business, backed by a team of more than 3,000 technologists and one of the world’s largest communications research and development facilities. As the centre of technical expertise for the BT Group, BTexact has established a record of world-first achievement and of successful delivery of projects, large and small. It has also created an intellectual property portfolio of some 14,000 patents based on almost 2,000 inventions, some of which are being converted into valuable new businesses by BTexact’s Brightstar incubator.

BTexact helps businesses and organisations inside and outside BT Group gain maximum advantage from communications technology. It creates value and competitive advantage by combining a deep knowledge of networks and networked applications with proven skills in business consulting, change management and innovation. Its services are focused to help customers assess the value and performance of communication technologies and systems, identify potential risks and ensure they gain maximum advantage from investments in communications technologies and applications.

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