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IBM and Siemens to modernise German IT project

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The German military has commissioned a consortium run by Siemens and IBM to modernise its communications network. The German and US companies have been awarded a contract worth about seven point one billion euros over ten years.

Codenamed “Herkules”, the project will overhaul the Bundeswehr’s administrative IT system and communication networks – covering thousands of computers, servers and mobile phones. The deal comes as an investigation continues into allegations of fraud at Siemens.

Prosecutors are examining whether 200 million euros of the industrial conglomerate’s money was transferred into foreign accounts for bribes. Twelve former employees are being held over the investigation.