DII is not the largest public sector IT programme in the UK. The NPfIT is considerably larger, but is split into several procurement contracts. But DII is the largest public sector IT programme to be assigned in a single contract.
The MOD currently spends around £600m a year on IT. The development programme is supposed to cut this bill by 20%. 2000 civil servant jobs will be shifted to the successful bidder.
At present, there are two rival consortia in the frame:
||Fujitsu, General Dynamics
The winner will be announced in February 2005.