Are they planning on using Bowman in Iraq. From experiance I know that a Nokia won't work! As I left there did not seem to be much stripping of the Clansman kit.
http://www.janes.com/defence/news/jdw/jdw050411_2_n.shtmlTroops enthusiastic about deploying with state-of-the-art
THE first Bowman-equipped troops set off for Iraq this month in what will be the biggest and most high-profile deployment of the hi-tech radio system to date.
Bowman-equipped Land Rovers and Saxons with 12 Mechanized Brigade units, including the 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, will be at the forefront of the move.
Although Warrior armoured fighting vehicles and Challenger 2 tanks will continue to use the Clansman radio, Iraq-bound signallers have told Soldier they are eager to use Bowman as it beats Clansman hands down.
The new system offers secure voice comms for the first time and makes the Batco wallet â previously used to encode all radio messages â a thing of the past.
It also provides good quality voice communications, eliminating hissing âwhite noiseâ, as well as improved range and automatic frequency selection.
Bowmanâs GPS tracking or âsituational awarenessâ system will also be used to keep track of brigade-level vehicle convoys.
It is hoped the GPS system, which tracks every Bowman-equipped soldier and vehicle on the battlefield and marks them on a constantly updated digital map, will be used widely on future operations.
Computer glitches have meant that the Bowmanâs e-mail-like data transfer system will not be used at all during 1 R Anglianâs deployment.
Capt Mark Nicholas, the regimental signals officer, said: âWe were the first regiment to use Bowman and know the system is up to the job in Iraq. The secure communications side of Bowman beats the old Clansman system hands down, while the situational awareness element and data transfer will put it in a league of its own.â
Meanwhile, troops from Support Company, Welsh Guards, helped rescue two hostages held south of the Iraqi town of Al Uzayr. The men, both lorry drivers, were kidnapped by armed men while driving on the Route Six motorway.
The gunmen demanded a ransom but released the hostages and fled empty- handed after the Iraqi Police Service and Welsh Guards closed in on them.
Troops from the 1st Battalion, Scots Guards uncovered a major arms cache hidden in a house in northern Basra. The find included a mortar, heavy machine-gun, RPG warheads, mines, grenades and thousands of small-arms rounds.
LSgt Derek Hood, who led the search team, said: âAll of us are over the moon. The search was painstaking, over six hours, and to find so many munitions, all in working order, was just what we trained for. Itâs a great result.â
British troops have taken command of Camp Smitty in As Samawaha, the capital of Southern Iraqâs Al Muthana province. Until last month a Dutch battalion was responsible for the area.
http://www.bnp.org.uk/columnists/brimstone2.php?leeId=12Bowman on way to Iraq amid tenability doubts
By Tony Skinner JDW Staff Reporter
As the British Army's 12 Mechanised Brigade deploys to Iraq this month equipped for the first time with a core Bowman tactical communication capability, doubts linger about the tenability of the system.
Plans to install the Bowman system in the brigade's Challenger 2 main battle tanks and Warrior infantry combat vehicles in time for it to take over responsibility of Operation 'Telic' on 6 May were abandoned after problems with the reliability of the system's in-vehicle intercom.
Now an industry source close to the Â£1.9 billion (US$3.4 billion) Bowman project has revealed that the weight and size of the high-capacity data radio have also created major issues. Prime contractor General Dynamics (GD) UK has been attempting to install the system in the first batches of 4 x 4 Panther multipurpose light vehicles (MLVs) and Terrier combat engineer vehicles (CEVs) for the British Army.
The source said the amount of equipment going into the vehicles to convert them to the Bowman system was creating problems and concerns had been raised about the heat that the system generates. "There is more equipment going in than is being taken out," he said. "That has made the platform conversion far more complicated than first thought."
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Reasons for not modernising Army kit
The question needed to be asked is this - were British troops in Iraq deliberately starved of new equipment for party political reasons over the last few years for fear of information leaking out that the British Army were to join the European Union Rapid Reaction Force? Were Bowman radio sets not provided to the troops in Iraq, because fitting them to the old vehicles used by the British Army in Iraq that were going to be made obsolete in the near future, would have been a waste of money in the governments minds? Were the troops not given the new Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) equipment before the Iraq War because to do so would have revealed the plans of the Labour Government to sell out the British Army after the Iraq War?
Was this a war being fought âon the cheapâ by the Labour Government before they laid out the cash for the updated equipment needed to bring the British Army up to European Union Rapid Reaction Force specifications?
That was really my point - by defaulting to the lowest common denominator - FF insecure, are we not foregoing the advantages of Bowman? Or can we work as a split formation and still make partial advantage of it?theloggie said:To answer the question above, BOWMAN is fully compatible with clansman in the Fixed Freq insecure mode, effectively giving the same level of comms that we have now wiht clansman.
3 items were selected for balanced dedate, I do not support the comments as I am now out of the loop.whitewash said:The first 2 articles highlight what is wrong and unconstruuctive about the BOWMAN debate. Yes, its got a history of faults, and a many c***-ups, but it's a hugely ambitious undertaking and anyone with the faintest understanding of the task should not be surprised by the difficulties faced. The bad press, and bad reputation, of the Project is not helped by feeble attempts to gloss over the numerous (but not surprising) flaws.
Soldier Mag could do better. I doubt there is a reader of the magazine who does not understand (or at least does no know) of BOWMAN's flaws - why, therefore, resort to positive spin? A house mag should be the forum of honest opinion about what these problems are, and what is being done to rectify them.
As for the BNP article..... Well it won't alter my voting intentions. Check out the author - doesn't take much to get a law degree these days does it.
Anyone care to comment on the viability of a brigade with 2 different (and barely compatible) comms systems?
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