Falcon

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MOD News Falcon

The Army is to get a new air-portable battlefield communications network called FALCON, under a contract worth in excess of £200m, Minister for Defence Procurement, Lord Drayson, announced today, Thursday 30 March 06.
Soldiers on the ground using BOWMAN, like those pictured here, will be able to feed information into FALCON, which will then relay the information back to UK headquarters using the Skynet 5 satellite communications system.[Picture: DPA] . Opens in a new window.

BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies (Insyte), has been awarded the contract to design and manufacture FALCON which will equip senior commanders with one of the world’s most advanced and powerful digital communications networks for controlling combat operations at corps, divisional and brigade level. It will have up to 50 times the data throughput capacity of the systems it replaces and will massively improve the Army’s communications network and reduce the number of Royal Signals vehicles and personnel needed to support a major headquarters. It is due to enter service in 2010.

Lord Drayson said:

"I am very pleased to announce that we have awarded the FALCON contract to BAE Systems Insyte for this hugely important system. Its delivery will provide the Armed Forces with the modern, secure communications infrastructure required for effective operations.

"FALCON will be a vital part of the network-enabled operations that will help our front line commanders cut through the fog of war and ensure that they have the ability to communicate quickly and effectively across the battlefield.

"Studies have shown that better and faster use of combat information gives our Armed Forces a major advantage over any likely opponents and FALCON, integrated with the Bowman tactical communications system and the Cormorant command system, will give them that crucial advantage. It fully supports our future procurement policy as laid out in the Defence Industrial Strategy."


FALCON will provide the battlefield communications infrastructure to support the Army’s command systems. The Bowman tactical system will feed information into FALCON, which will be able to link back to UK headquarters using the Skynet 5 satellite communications system. FALCON will replace in-service systems such as Ptarmigan, Euromux, and the RAF Transportable Telecommunications System (RTTS).

The FALCON network will permit transmission of large amounts of data between Army Headquarters and battlefield commanders. The system will be deployed to and operated by Royal Signals Units and will allow significant operator reductions over the existing Ptarmigan system. The FALCON project is managed by the Theatre and Formation Communication Systems project team, based at the Defence Procurement Agency in Bristol.

In line with the Defence Industrial Strategy, the programme will sustain a cadre of engineers that understand our systems and requirements in order to support our equipment in the future. It also maintains our capability to produce equipment over which a measure of sovereign control is required (e.g. cryptographic material). FALCON is key to the “Resilient Information Infrastructure” of Network Enabled Capability (NEC) by providing the modern, secure communications infrastructure required by deployed formations and operating bases.
Since when was Euromux still in service, 36 and 40 stopped using a while ago when they began moving over to 2 Sig Bde. So 12 Sig Grp has at most 4 years before it disbands (and joins 36 and 40 in 2 Sig Bde)
 
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polar said:
FALCON will provide the battlefield communications infrastructure to support the Army’s command systems. The Bowman tactical system will feed information into FALCON, which will be able to link back to UK headquarters using the Skynet 5 satellite communications system. FALCON will replace in-service systems such as Ptarmigan, Euromux, and the RAF Transportable Telecommunications System (RTTS).
Since when was Euromux still in service, 36 and 40 stopped using a while ago when they began moving over to 2 Sig Bde. So 12 Sig Grp has at most 4 years before it disbands (and joins 36 and 40 in 2 Sig Bde)[/quote]

Will it be Spine enabled :oops: These systems will also carry medical information back to NHS net in the old speak - patients that present at the R1 will need no require their instance to be relayed back to R4
 
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FALCON is key to the “Resilient Information Infrastructure” of Network Enabled Capability (NEC) by providing the modern, secure communications infrastructure required by deployed formations and operating bases.........

...as stated by the chief negotiator for BAE Systems, Brig (Retired) R Signals as he lightly patted his back pocket.
 
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darth_fokker said:
...as stated by the chief negotiator for BAE Systems, Brig (Retired) R Signals as he lightly patted his back pocket.
LOL. Ouch!
 
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darth_fokker said:
FALCON is key to the “Resilient Information Infrastructure” of Network Enabled Capability (NEC) by providing the modern, secure communications infrastructure required by deployed formations and operating bases.........
Fair game to 'em!! If it ain't BAe it'll only be someone else.

Now that MOD have all these systems that will give the nirvana of NEC, has anyone actually plugged 'em all together to see if they actually work??





........ As some tumbleweed rolls gently by.
 
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chris951 said:
Now that MOD have all these systems that will give the nirvana of NEC, has anyone actually plugged 'em all together to see if they actually work??

........ As some tumbleweed rolls gently by.
I understand that the initial inter-connectivity tests have been scheduled for early 2048.....
 
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Planning for ExCombined Endeavor (sic) 2050 will shortly begin with the plan to integrate Falcon into the system. The planning will take the form of a 2 week consulting plan in somewhere extremely exotic. 1 SigBde Budman will turn blue with the prospect of the whole Bde T&S budget being used up in 5 days.
 
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GP3_Bunny said:
Will it be Spine enabled :oops: These systems will also carry medical information back to NHS net in the old speak - patients that present at the R1 will need no require their instance to be relayed back to R4
On DII yes :? Yep it will all work first time and won't have bandwidth problems especially during the migration from the existing system, which can take several hours over a N3 connection.
 
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chris951 said:
darth_fokker said:
FALCON is key to the “Resilient Information Infrastructure” of Network Enabled Capability (NEC) by providing the modern, secure communications infrastructure required by deployed formations and operating bases.........
Fair game to 'em!! If it ain't BAe it'll only be someone else.

Now that MOD have all these systems that will give the nirvana of NEC, has anyone actually plugged 'em all together to see if they actually work??





........ As some tumbleweed rolls gently by.
:lol: Well the systems we currently have don't work together!! So another one to add to the list :?
 
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chris951 said:
Now that MOD have all these systems that will give the nirvana of NEC, has anyone actually plugged 'em all together to see if they actually work??
And who's going to authorise the purchase of a squillion noah leads....
 
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CardinalSin said:
chris951 said:
Now that MOD have all these systems that will give the nirvana of NEC, has anyone actually plugged 'em all together to see if they actually work??
And who's going to authorise the purchase of a squillion noah leads....
Who needs noah leads? Of course the IPT's & RM's talk to each other and square away these minor issues!
 
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polar said:
MOD News Falcon

It will have up to 50 times the data throughput capacity of the systems it replaces and will massively improve the Army’s communications network and reduce the number of Royal Signals vehicles and personnel needed to support a major headquarters. It is due to enter service in 2010.
Since when was Euromux still in service, 36 and 40 stopped using a while ago when they began moving over to 2 Sig Bde. So 12 Sig Grp has at most 4 years before it disbands (and joins 36 and 40 in 2 Sig Bde)
The future role of 12 Sig Group has been the subject of intense study and planning by both HQ 12 Sig Gp and HQ SOinC(A). If it were likely to have been a short term organisation predicated only on the existence of Ptarmigan, it would not have been supported by the SOinC as a formal organisation, nor would it have made it through TA FAS (as it has done).

12 Sig Gp is on the verge of formal adoption by the Corps and will be the focus for the collective and technical training of the three TA Ptarmigan Regiments. This has been enhanced by TA FAS and will be further cemented by ongoing develoments which will become clear at the end of the timings given in the Synchronsation Matrix for Rebalancing - Oct 07 as far as HQ 12 Gp and the affected units are concerned. The Group will be tasked with delivering a generic TA Regiment and IRs on an ongoing basis and the kit is not the deciding factor. Work is already underway to allocate different kit to 12 Gp units should the Falcon delivery dates by achieved (extremely unliklely).

I suspect that in the absence of a major re-equipping of 1 Bde (even more unlikely) to replace the vaguely ad-hoc digital systems they have, Ptarmigan will remain important to the ARRC for a while yet and even if Falcon is delivered on time (see Cormorant!), the critical mass of potential IRs delivered by 12 Gp will remain vital to the Corps and other kit will be provided.

The chances of 33, 34 and 35 not be required long term post the TA FAS analysis is zip. Equally, the chances of it/them joining 2 Bde post TA FAS is also zip. They have a long term future in their own right.
 
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Wingletang said:
The chances of 33, 34 and 35 not be required long term post the TA FAS analysis is zip. Equally, the chances of it/them joining 2 Bde post TA FAS is also zip. They have a long term future in their own right.
Glad to hear that, obviously I was fishing for information. Any chances they will end up with a normal signals organisation i.e. Sqn FofS, YofS, Tfc Officers etc
 
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Wingletang said:
12 Sig Gp is on the verge of formal adoption by the Corps and will be the focus for the collective and technical training of the three TA Ptarmigan Regiments. They have a long term future in their own right.
What will they be equipped with once Ptarmigan is withdrawn? I thought that there was no FALCON being bought for TA units - has this changed? If not, where are they going to get FALCON from?
 
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doomsayer said:
What will they be equipped with once Ptarmigan is withdrawn? I thought that there was no FALCON being bought for TA units - has this changed? If not, where are they going to get FALCON from?
They will be all trained as drivers, training objectives will consist of:

Staging on gate
Pan bash
C+E driving
MATT2
MATT2
MATT the remainder plus doing 2 again

The other trade will be ICS Eng trained upto ECDL on a number out of use 486's installed with Windows for Workgroups.
 
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The_Madscanner said:
doomsayer said:
If not, where are they going to get FALCON from?

From eBay, the same place people get their Bowman PRRs from :D
Who said anything about Falcon?

It might be, it might be not, it may be some Falcon and something else as well - all bets are open.
 
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polar said:
doomsayer said:
What will they be equipped with once Ptarmigan is withdrawn? I thought that there was no FALCON being bought for TA units - has this changed? If not, where are they going to get FALCON from?
They will be all trained as drivers, training objectives will consist of:

Staging on gate
Pan bash
C+E driving
MATT2
MATT2
MATT the remainder plus doing 2 again

The other trade will be ICS Eng trained upto ECDL on a number out of use 486's installed with Windows for Workgroups.
Cynic!
 

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