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Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) operational field trials for Bowman, and (b) the conversion of the first unit to the communications system, are on target to take place this year; and if he will make a statement. [99800]

Yes. We continue to make good progress on the Bowman tactical communications system programme in our aim to introduce it to all three Services as planned between 2004 and 2007. The 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment will begin its Bowman conversion and training programme in July 2003 in advance of operational field trials in November 2003.