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Armed Forces: Bowman

Volume 702: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the delay in implementing the Bowman BCIP 6 upgrade affects the safety of troops in theatre, given that the upgrade includes situational awareness software. [HL3974]

Bowman combat infrastructure and platform (BCIP) 4F is currently being upgraded to BCIP 5 with the uplift beginning in FLEET. The Army will make a decision on the timing of the upgrade in July 2008.

There is currently no agreed programme post-BCIP 5 (ie, there is no BCIP 6), although the department is working to define plans for future capability releases which will be considered as part of the routine planning process.

The current BCIP 4F allows limited situational awareness which will be considerably enhanced by the BCIP 5 upgrade currently under way, allowing secure data and secure voice interoperability with allies.