Bowman

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by RSigsSTAB, Jun 15, 2004.

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  1. Is Bowman in use at any training establishments yet?

    (just wondered where the units due to switch are going to get trained ops from...)
     
  2. try on the sigs board
    they should know!
     
  3. Don't believe it is yet....Probable will have steady state training after conversion is complete
     
  4. What has it came to, with Bowman fitted to a Landrover you need a trailer for the spare wheel and can only fit two bods in the back (without kit). Thought with Leaps in technology we were all getting fitted for video wristwatches, not running alongside our respective veh as the suspension cannot take additional weight. Good news is that they can only travel at 40 kph (Glad its a Wolf!) Probably few responces as all personnel on European Computer Driving Licence Cse in order to work the kit.

    Still at least we didn't order jets that cannot take off on the length of an aircraft carrier or helicopters that have a bigger rotor span than the carriers hanger space. Senior service god bless them.

    As for the RAF, well there's not enough space is there........

    Its not the mistakes that change just how much we pay for them, don't forget to turn your lights off. Rant Rave etc etc
     
  5. What has it came to, with Bowman fitted to a Landrover you need a trailer for the spare wheel and can only fit two bods in the back (without kit). Thought with Leaps in technology we were all getting fitted for video wristwatches, not running alongside our respective veh as the suspension cannot take additional weight. Good news is that they can only travel at 40 kph (Glad its a Wolf!) Probably few responces as all personnel on European Computer Driving Licence Cse in order to work the kit.

    Still at least we didn't order jets that cannot take off on the length of an aircraft carrier or helicopters that have a bigger rotor span than the carriers hanger space. Senior service god bless them.

    As for the RAF, well there's not enough space is there........

    Its not the mistakes that change just how much we pay for them, don't forget to turn your lights off. Rant Rave etc etc
     
  6. DangerMouse

    DangerMouse Old-Salt Moderator

    My understanding is that training packages are integral to the contract tendered to the manufacturer, and that units are rolled through as they convert. During the transition phase there will be an element of learning 'on the job' as non-Bowman-trained personnel are posted in to already Bowman-ised units.

    The first bde to convert is 12 Mech Bde, followed by 7 Armd Bde shortly. For a brief article about the former, see: http://www.army.mod.uk/royalsignals/228sigsqn/Bowman.htm

    As far as 'individual' training establishments go, I believe that the only place to get Bowman until all bdes are converted is Sandhurst. The next course at RMAS, CC043, begins in September and is apparently going to be trained on Bowman.
     
  7. no but we have Apache that is too tall to go into its hanger, can't fly in bad weather and can't communicate with ground forces, and no piolots to fly them! :oops:
     
  8. have seen enough of them flying over me, but strangely none during glastonbury weather. hmmmm, everything else seems to be flying ok.
    seen loads of drovers with bowman trails unit parked in strange places, pub carparks, outside offies, the rbl, outside attractive slappers gaffs, so maybe it will work. :lol:
     
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  10. Oh boy are you going to be dissapointed!

    Data transfer is its weakest feature.
     
  11. Yea, should have said IF shouldn't I?

    Well, IF it does, it will be good. Having done the BOWMAN System Managers course, There is a hell of a lot of oppertunity there for us. True, the software is still being invented, and there are a whole host of teething problems, but when it is up, OK, IF it all goes to plan, we WILL have a world class comms system
     
  12. Whats the course like, worth attending just for playing with the new kit and more IT experience?
     
  13. The cretins that are controlling the introduction and roll out of Bowman nicked the CR2 off of my last exercise so that they could be fitted with it...... Not even in ruddy service and it is already f^*king us over......................... AGAIN :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
     
  14. [quote="polarWhats the course like, worth attending just for playing with the new kit and more IT experience?[/quote]

    The computers are great.....the simulations are slightly OK, but its not the real thing. We really need hands on the kit, which doesn't happen until approx 6 months after the course. They will not give us the programmes to "play" with, so now we have 6 months of extreme skill fade. Deep Joy :evil:
     
  15. Just out of interest, how long is the Bowman System Managers course , and what's the rank/quals required to do it?

    Interested in any Bowman courses at the moment, as my unit isn't scheduled to get it or training till 2000 and longtime :cry: