An Anglo-French joint venture this week won a £250m contract for a major part of the British Army’s £2bn Bowman military radio programme.
Racal Radio and France’s Thomson-CSF were selected as the joint suppliers for Bowman’s local area subsystem (LAS) to Archer Communications, the Bowman prime contractor.
The LAS will provide a communications system that allows personnel in command vehicles to communicate with each other and with other vehicles when they are linked up with fibre-optic cables.
Racal is the prime contractor for the Bowman LAS and Thomson-CSF Communications in France is the design authority. The system will be built and supported from the UK.
The contract value is £50m lower than the £300m predicted by Racal and Thomson on 18 September when they formed the 50:50 joint venture that won this week’s contract.
They said then that the world market for this type of equipment will be worth £1.5bn over the next five years. In tactical communications, the two companies claim they now have a combined world market share of 40%.