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A MILITARY communications operation which employs 800 has been boosted after winning two lucrative MoD contracts General Dynamics UK, based in Newbridge, Caerphilly, has won the contracts, worth pounds 231m, to upgrade a military communication system due to be installed on Royal Navy ships and used by Royal Marines, the RAF Regiment and specialist Army signal units.

The Bowman tactical communications and data system is used in the field by Britain's three armed forces.

Around 12,500 British Army vehicles are kitted out with the digital communications system delivered by General Dynamics, which pinpoints the user's location as well providing secure radio links.

The first contract will involve an update of the system to reflect technological advances since its introduction in 2001, while the second contract will provide longer term technical support for the Bowman system, including repair, servicing and the provision of spares.

General Dynamics UK president and managing director Dr Sandy Wilson said: "Bowman has allowed us to grow a valuable engineering capability in communications and vehicle integration."

An MoD spokesman said the deal was expected to safeguard jobs for "two to three years".
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 3, 2009
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