September 14th 2011 - General Dynamics UK celebrates Bowman’s 10th anniversary at DSEi 2011
London, United Kingdom – Today at DSEi 2011 General Dynamics UK and the Ministry of Defence celebrated the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Bowman contract, which has resulted in the modernisation through digitisation of the British Armed Forces tactical communications infrastructure. In addition, General Dynamics UK has kept its promise to invest further in the UK, creating and sustaining 1,600 high-value jobs. Many of those jobs are located in South Wales, an area of the UK that has suffered high levels of unemployment in the past.
The Bowman contract was signed at DSEi exactly 10 years ago this week. Members of General Dynamics UK, the Bowman and Tactical Communications and Information Systems (BATCIS) Team at the MoD, users from the British Armed Forces and suppliers to the programme gathered at General Dynamics UK’s stand to celebrate 10 successful years of delivering this ground-breaking capability.
“Over the 10 years since General Dynamics was awarded the contract to deliver Bowman, we and our partners in the Ministry of Defence, the armed forces and British industry have changed the face of battlefield communications,” said Dr. Sandy Wilson, president and managing director of General Dynamics UK. “We have created a community of military communications excellence in the UK, including the thousands of valuable jobs that go along with that capability, and delivered one of the best military tactical communications capabilities in the world.”
10 years of Bowman
In the ten years since the Bowman contract was awarded to General Dynamics UK (GDUK) and its partners have radically changed the face of military tactical communications. The capability delivered by GDUK provides a secure digital voice and data communication system for the UK armed forces, based on Internet protocol and including a land-based command and control system. The Bowman solution was introduced, and continues, to provide the infrastructure to support all Battlespace digitisation applications over the next 20 years.
One year after receiving the Bowman contract, the contract was extended to include a further requirement, to deliver the ComBAT Information and Platform BISA (CIP) programme.