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Roush hits the target with Bowman deal.

A Midlands firm is set to benefit from the Government's decision last week to award the pounds 1.7 billion Bowman military communications contract to Computing Devices Canada, part of US giant General Dynamics.

Bowman, which will replace the British Army Clansman, is a computerised radio system which brings Internet-style communications to the battlefield. CDC says the contract will secure 1,600 jobs - many in areas of high unemployment, such as south Wales. The Warwick-based UK arm of American automotive group Roush Technologies played a role in the success of the CDC bid. As a result it is now involved in an 18-month programme to see the company recruiting additional designers, engineers and illustrators.

Roush is responsible for the engineering and design of radio installations for the non-armoured vehicle fleet - which comprises 1,000 different designs, including technical publications and process instructions. The work is valued at almost pounds 4 million.

The news is part of a triple celebration for Roush. The American parent company began delivery of a high performance Ford Mustang sports car in the US. At least one will be delivered to Warwick for marketing purposes. Roush is also opening its first office in Europe, at Merkenich, Germany.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 26, 2001
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