Risk free Bowman

Risk free Bowman
Jon Mainwaring This week, the Ministry of Defence will place a risk reduction contract for its ?1.5bn Bowman military communications programme with the Archer consortium, according to industry sources. The consortium, which includes Racal Electronics and Siemens Plessey Systems, will now be able to proceed with the next phase of the project which involves “ironing out” any problems in Bowman’s hardware and software in order to make it ready for operational use. In March, the then Conservative government allowed the Archer consortium – an almagamation of two consortia, Yeoman and Crossbow – to go ahead with the development of Bowman. The battlefield tactical communications system was originally scheduled to enter service in December 1995, but it has been rescheduled to come on-line in 2002.


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