Racal/Thomson bid awaits radio contract

The joint venture between Racal Radio and France’s Thomson-CSF, announced last week, is chasing a £300m contract to provide a local area subsystem for the British army’s new Bowman radio network. Racal said this week that the job could be awarded ‘in the next few weeks’, but cautioned that it has already been delayed since […]

The joint venture between Racal Radio and France’s Thomson-CSF, announced last week, is chasing a £300m contract to provide a local area subsystem for the British army’s new Bowman radio network.

Racal said this week that the job could be awarded ‘in the next few weeks’, but cautioned that it has already been delayed since June.

Racal and Thomson face a rival bid from Hunting and British Aerospace Defence Systems (formerly Siemens Plessey).

Racal and Thomson said that the yet to be named joint venture was formed to tap the military market for digital access communications, which is estimated to be worth more than £1.5bn over the next five years.

The joint-venture is expected to provide 400 jobs over the next three years.

Digital access communications provide fast multimedia broadband links within and between military vehicles and their command headquarters.

These systems will complement the increasing reliance on ‘smart’ weapons systems on the digital battlefield.