BAe and Hunting up Bowman offer

BAe and Hunting up Bowman offer
Alex Mayhew-Smith British Aerospace Defence Systems and Hunting Engineering have upped their joint bid for part of the ?2bn Bowman British Army battlefield communications contract. The consortium, one of two bidding for the Bowman local area systems (LAS) contract, has announced that it will form a separate, joint company if it is awarded the ?300m contract for the next generation military vehicle communications system (see EW, March 18). The other bidder is Racal, which has partnered with the French company Thomson. The public relations battle between the two bidders is being centred on the technology underpinning the vehicle communications systems. A BAe spokesman said that, according to a report by technology analysts Ovum, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) technology will be dated in a few years’ time. Both teams make use of ATM technology in their proposed systems but the British Aerospace/Hunting partnership are offering a dual system that also uses standard Internet communications technology. In response Richard Moon, managing director of Racal Radio, said: “The system that we are offering to the MoD with our partners Thomson, is without doubt, the most technically advanced tactical military switching network.” The bids from the two consortia are currently being assessed by the MoD and Archer Communication Systems, and a decision regarding the winning consortium will be made “this summer”.


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