BOWMAN - BCIP 5 Upgrade Confirmed

#1
The British military's tactical communications and data system, known as Bowman, is to get a series of upgrades which will make it simpler for troops to use.

The new upgrades to Bowman will also provide enhanced battle planning tools, a more stable and robust tactical internet, and improved situational awareness.

Bowman's secure radio communications have been used on operations since 2005, together with a basic data capability.

The Bowman system has been developed and integrated by General Dynamics UK into over 13,000 British Army vehicles, together with headquarters, ships, and helicopters.

The Ministry of Defence is also purchasing an additional 3,400 radios in order to meet the demands of current operations and their associated training needs.
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/EquipmentAndLogistics/BowmanRadioToBeUpgraded.htm
 
#4
I thought the 'simpler for troops to use' comment was quite telling.

Could it be that the original requirements and resultant kit were just too much when all what was needed was secure voice, better ergonomics and basic 'forms based' reports and returns?
 
#7
meridian said:
I thought the 'simpler for troops to use' comment was quite telling.

Could it be that the original requirements and resultant kit were just too much when all what was needed was secure voice, better ergonomics and basic 'forms based' reports and returns?
Have you read the "inf views on BOWMAN" thread?

Bedouin (sp?) had some pretty damning criticisms.

http://www.arrse.co.uk/pda/Forums/viewtopic/t=40347.html

From what I've gathered bowman is over engineered and was over ambitious for the core aim of secure communication. Sounds like someone is back peddling.
 
#8
Whatever...
 
#9
jimmys_best_mate said:
Is this the upgrade that makes it work?
Nope, it's the upgrade that makes it even more complex!
 
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Can anyone confirm what we were told when we were being taught on it that the HF Harris radio is actually based on a radio that can do the full range of HF and VHF, but was limited to HF because of some outlandish contract requirements?

Surely not?
 
#12
A radio that could do VHF AND HF, that's just madness and clearly the MOD did the right thing and decided its much better to have them separate so as not to confuse anyone!

What next, garlic and bread together in a PAYD establishment??!!
 
#13
CrownImperial said:
Can anyone confirm what we were told when we were being taught on it that the HF Harris radio is actually based on a radio that can do the full range of HF and VHF, but was limited to HF because of some outlandish contract requirements?

Surely not?
It's sadly true... The base Harris Falcom II HF radio covers from 1.6 to 60Mhz

http://www.rfcomm.harris.com/products/tactical-radio-communications/rf-5800h-mp.pdf

if you're bored.

Of course that's far too sensible for MoD...and makes less profit for GD. Who don't own Harris.......
 
#15
Could someone tell me why you're discussing comsec on insecure comms?
 
#16
it's not a Comsec matter. you can get this information off the Harris website.

interestingly, the Harris VHF sets which the cadets have acquired in the small portion that Harris gave them, can go, and are designed to go, down into the upper end of the HF spectrum.
 
#18
DigitalGeek said:
Its all part of incremental development and is to be expected. BTW we have already paid for the upgrade.
but apparently not for the upgrade to actually make it work it seems.

When they said upgrade they must have meant the upgrade to the bubbly they could buy from the MOD sponsored slush fund.

But an upgrade from moet?? is it even possible??
 
#20
Sensesworkingovertime said:
DigitalGeek said:
Its all part of incremental development and is to be expected. BTW we have already paid for the upgrade.
but apparently not for the upgrade to actually make it work it seems.

When they said upgrade they must have meant the upgrade to the bubbly they could buy from the MOD sponsored slush fund.

But an upgrade from moet?? is it even possible??
Who says it doesn't work? What doesn't work? Or are you just basing your reply on the usual "Better Off With Map and Nokia" shyte which is so often spouted?

BCIP 5 has been paid for and that includes the upgrades.
 
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