General Dynamics United Kingdom, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been selected as the preferred supplier by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to demonstrate, supply and support a digital battle management system for deployment throughout the UK’s ground-based defence forces.
General Dynamics UK and the UK MoD will now enter negotiations on the scope, timing and value of the program, which could exceed £300 million.
Through this program – dubbed the Digitisation Battlespace Land-ComBAT, Infrastructure and Platform battlefield information systems application (DBL- CIP) – General Dynamics will integrate hardware and software into a common digital communications and situational-awareness system for deployment with all UK ground forces, from individual combat vehicles up to the division level.
The system will reportedly give fighting forces constant access to command and control information, even while they are on the move. The first fighting unit will be converted to the new system by mid-2003.
The new contract expands on the foundation created by the BOWMAN communications system program
General Dynamics UK was originally awarded a £1.7 billion contract for the BOWMAN secure, digital voice and data communications system in September 2001.
Initial fielding of the BOWMAN-CIP integrated ground communications and information infrastructure to a full brigade will be in 2005. Full operational capability will be reached in 2007.
BOWMAN will include a situational awareness system, and will provide the infrastructure to support a range of digitisation applications, such as DBL-CIP, over the next 30 years. Approximately, 20,000 UK army vehicles will be equipped and 70,000 Service personnel trained on BOWMAN by October 2007.
BOWMAN replaces a system that is more than 25 years old and represents the largest defence communications program in the UK in over 50 years.