From the Guardian: Army's new radio poorly received Richard Norton-Taylor Wednesday February 16, 2005 The Guardian The army is to get a secure radio system for use in the battlefield, 10 years late. British soldiers who have been forced to use antiquated paper codes - and even rely on their own mobiles - will be able to use the long-awaited Bowman radio network, developed at a cost of more than Â£2bn. But, to the embarrassment of Ministry of Defence officials and anger within the army, the system still has problems. The army's 12 Mechanised Brigade will be equipped with Bowman when it is deployed to southern Iraq next month, senior defence officials said yesterday. But it still cannot be fitted to the army's main Challenger 2 battletanks or Warrior armoured fighting vehicles because a problem with the tanks' intercom system leaves crews unable to hear properly over their headsets. The weight of the new radios also led to Land Rovers breaking axles during trials. Oh well, another army equipment success!