The British Ministry of Defence has announced that the BOWMAN battlefield
communications system has reached its initial operational capability ahead of
schedule by UK armed forces.
BOWMAN provides secure voice and data communication services for the British
Army and selected elements from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force until at
least 2025. The system was designed to be man-portable and for integration on
air, sea and land platforms such as aircraft, warships and armored vehicles as
The BOWMAN has been delivered and is in service with three British military
units. The first mechanized brigade converted to BOWMAN will undertake a further
15 months unit and collective performance training with the entire system
reaching full war fighting readiness in 2006. The system is going to be
delivered through an incremental approach.
The BOWMAN is the replacement for the Clansman secure military communications
system. General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd. was awarded the BOWMAN procurement
contract in September 2001 worth £1.9
billion ($3.39 billion).
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