A signaller with the Royal Signals is equipped with a manpack radio, part of the Bowman tactical communications system. (UK Ministry of Defence)
LONDON — General Dynamics UK has secured contracts together worth £364 million (US $612.2 million) to provide design services and logistics support for its Bowman tactical communications system used by the British military.
The largest element of the announcement is a £228 million logistics support contract. The design deal is valued at £136 million. Both deals run for five years.
A spokeswoman said the design contract was not aimed at providing “enhancements but to ensure continued usability and to maintain the system.”
The deal is one of two defense contract announcements being made on May 1 as the government prepares to go into a purdah period ahead of the European and English local council elections set to take place May 22.
The other contract involved a £36 million assessment phase on the Future Local Area Air Defence System — a short-range missile program set to replace the British Army’s long in the tooth Rapier weapon.
In a statement, the MoD said the contract “will see improved management of the radios and repair services. It will also allow competition within the supply chain to be opened up, which is expected to deliver better value for money.”
Bowman, which has provided the military with voice and data communications for more than a decade, is due to be replaced, or built upon, as part of the upcoming Land Environment Tactical Communication Information System program. ■