The £175m investment, awarded primarily to General Dynamics UK, will create around 50 skilled jobs and secure a further 20 at the company’s headquarters in Oakdale, South Wales.
The contract will allow for the Bowman tactical communications equipment currently used by the UK military to receive a series of enhancements and upgrades that will enable the system to continue to operate for the next decade. Software enhancements will make the kit faster, improve usability and make it more compatible with our allies’ equipment. The contract will also provide 12,000 brand new data terminals for use in headquarters, on-the-soldier, as well as on ships, vehicles and aircraft.
The enhanced kit will deliver safe, secure voice and data communications, as well as live updates from an operational environment, helping commanders to make effective and accurate decisions in real time. Of the £175 million spend, £75 million will go towards the new 12,000 hard-wearing data terminals, while £23 million will be spent on software.
The enhanced equipment will be delivered from 2018.