Racal and Thomson join forces for radio bid

Racal Radio last week teamed up with France’s Thomson-CSF Communications to bid for a key part of the Bowman military radio which will be set up for the British armed forces. The local area sub-system contract, expected to be worth £300m, will provide a communications network within and between military command vehicles. Racal and Thomson […]

Racal Radio last week teamed up with France’s Thomson-CSF Communications to bid for a key part of the Bowman military radio which will be set up for the British armed forces.

The local area sub-system contract, expected to be worth £300m, will provide a communications network within and between military command vehicles.

Racal and Thomson are up against a team led by Hunting Engineering which also includes Siemens-Plessey and Computing Devices. The contract is due to be awarded this summer by Archer Communications, prime contractor for Bowman.

Racal said the Racal/Thomson system has exclusive use of the latest asynchronous transfer mode technology and is based on a system already on order for several Nato countries.

The Racal/Thomson system is ready now, Racal said.

The £1bn Bowman system is due to go into service in March 2002.