British Aerospace has appointed Dr John Gutteridge as managing director of Archer Communications, the prime contractor for the £2bn Bowman project to replace the army’s analogue communications technology with state-of-the-art digital equipment.
Gutteridge, who has experience in both industry and the civil service, will be responsible for ensuring the system meets Ministry of Defence specifications.
Gutteridge joins Archer after holding senior positions in General Dynamics, Lucas Aerospace and Westinghouse Electronic Systems.
Up until 1989 he was a civil servant in the MoD’s procurement executive, eventually holding the position of defence supply attache in the British Embassy in Washington.
At Archer, the management of which transferred to BAe following its acquisition of Siemens Plessey and its shareholding in the project, Gutteridge’s tasks will include improving delivery times and reducing technological risk.
The other partners in Bowman are ITT Defence and Racal Defence Electronics.