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UK names Leidos as preferred bidder for LCST

23rd February 2015 - 12:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has named Leidos as the preferred bidder for its Logistic Commodities Services Transformation (LCST) contract, the company has announced. There are still a number of steps in the commercial process before the deal is concluded and a contract signed.

The 13-year LCST contract covers managment of the MOD's defence logistic commodities and services. It involves the procurement of non-military essentials such as food and medical supplies, and providing storage and distribution services for UK armed forces abroad and domestically.

This is the first MOD tender of this scale for its logistics functions and marks a major change in how it stores and distributes military equipment and supplies, and procures and manages the inventory of common commodities such as food, clothing, packed fuel and medical supplies.

Leidos' bid includes a team of defence and logistics specialist subcontractors, including Kuehne + Nagel, TVS, Agility and Thales.

Roger Krone, CEO, Leidos, said: 'This contract represents an important milestone for Leidos and will enable us to bring decades of proven logistics performance to help transform the UK armed forces' storage, distribution and commodities procurement capabilities.'

Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, said: 'This is a key step in bringing defence logistics up to the standard of industry best practice. It will deliver warehousing systems to improve availability of supplies and better management of inventory for the armed forces.'

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