Harris Corporation has recently announced the award of a major subcontract to a British manufacturer in support of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Bowman Programme.
The £20 million subcontract was awarded on March 26 to TT electronic manufacturing services (TTems), a manufacturer of electronic assembly heads, located in Rogerstone, South Wales.
TTems will produce and deliver printed wiring board assemblies that Harris will integrate into its high-frequency (HF) Bowman radio units at Harris Systems, a wholly owned, UK-based subsidiary of Florida based Harris Corporation.
‘The contract to TTems represents a major portion of the subassemblies for Harris’ Bowman HF radio subsystem manufacturing and demonstrates Harris’ commitment to support UK industry in fulfilment of the Bowman Programme,’ said Steve Marschilok, Managing Director, UK Operations, Harris Systems.
Harris was selected as the HF subsystem supplier for the Bowman Programme in July 2001 and subsequently signed a contract worth approximately £130 million with General Dynamics United Kingdom.
Prototype radio systems were shipped last year in April, June, and September, on time and in accordance with the contract. Harris plans to deliver its first UK-manufactured production radios to General Dynamics later this month.
The Bowman Programme has been described as one of the most important land-based military projects in recent UK history. Under the terms of the contract, Harris will provide approximately 10,000 HF radio systems to the UK’s armed forces.
Harris’ Bowman solution is based on the company’s Falcon II Tactical Radio product family, which is in standardised use by US, NATO, Partnership for Peace (PfP) and other defence forces around the world.