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Armed Forces: Bowman

Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 24 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Ministry of Defence has made an assessment of (a) the suitability of data transmission rates; and (b) the visual situational awareness provided by the Bowman combat infrastructure platform programme. [HL3119]

The large-scale integration trial for high-capacity data radio in May 2006 and the systems readiness test in November 2006 assessed the suitability of the data transmission rates in the Bowman combat infrastructure platform and found they met the department's specifications. The department continues to work to improve situational awareness capability as part of the incremental approach to Bowman CIP.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many platforms have been converted to Bowman to date; and what estimates the Ministry of Defence has made of the impact of urgent operational requirements and operational commitments on the timescale for conversion of platforms to Bowman. [HL3203]

8,364 land platforms have been converted. Those vehicles not converted because of operational commitments will be converted when they become available. It is estimated that, instead of the planned conversion process completing in 2007, this will be by the end of 2008.