The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded the Admiral Management Services Ltd arm of Admiral Computing Group Plc a contract to set up an evaluation facility for its Corporate Headquarters Office Technology System, known as CHOTS. Admiral will set up the facility at its Camberley, Surrey headquarters, where evaluations of the two prototype systems currently being developed under Phase Two of the project will be carried out. The two consortia vying for the potentially enormous contract are headed by British Telecommunications Plc, with Honeywell-Bull Ltd, Nixdorf Computer UK Ltd and Secure Information Systems Ltd; and ICL’s Topix Consortium, which includes BICC Group Plc, accountants and consultants Coopers & Lybrand, Raytheon Co’s Data Logic Ltd, and Hewlett-Packard UK Ltd (CI No 1,023). Evaluations will centre around compliance with the Compusec computer security requirements of the Ministry of Defence, and will last until June 1990. The evaluation contract to Admiral Management is alone valued at over UKP1m.