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Bowman Combat Radio System: Batteries

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of the defects in Bowman batteries on (a) armed forces personnel and (b) civilians in operational theatres, broken down by incident; and for what reason the Bowman batteries were recalled. (186661)

There have been no known incidents involving Bowman battery defects that have impacted upon armed forces personnel or civilians in operational theatres.

However, in 2006, all Bowman high frequency (HF) mark 1 radio batteries were recalled when it became evident that an immersion requirement had not been met and water ingress could occur.