ITT Defence Signs Bowman Agreement with Siemens Plessey and Racal
MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- ITT Defence, Ltd., a unit of ITT
Defense & Electronics, has announced the signing of an agreement in principle
with Siemens Plessey Systems and Racal Radio to form an alliance to address
the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence's Bowman requirement for a new $3.2
billion battlefield communications system for the British Armed forces. The
three companies would pool technical, manufacturing and production resources
to ensure the most cost-effective solution to this demanding operational
This proposal has been submitted for consideration to the Ministry of
Defence, which is currently evaluating a number of procurement options for the
production phase of Bowman, with a decision expected soon.
Making today's announcement, Louis J. Giuliano, President and CEO of ITT
Defense & Electronics said, "We're very excited about this potential
arrangement. Bowman is the largest tactical communications opportunity in the
world, and those companies who participate on this program will be in the
forefront of global tactical communications.
"We're pleased with our performance on the Bowman program. Efforts to
date have brought about powerful new communications capabilities. Formation
of this team allows the new products developed under the program to be fielded
in the shortest amount of time."
"Transfer of appropriate technologies between the United States and the
United Kingdom could ultimately lead to increased interoperability between
British and American forces, and the introduction into the United Kingdom of
relevant aspects of the American battlefield digitization program. Likewise,
the advanced capabilities being designed in the United Kingdom as part of the
Bowman program could be made available to the United States, paving the way
for the wider implementation of joint UK/US standards, facilities and
interoperability throughout NATO," he continued.
According to Giuliano, the proposal would deliver genuine advantages to
the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence in terms of improved system
performance, cost savings through ongoing competition for the sub-systems,
risk reduction and through-life enhancement, while continuing to ensure the
system's early inservice date.
ITT Defence, Siemens Plessey and Racal also have agreed to enter into
discussions with a view to extending the proposed arrangements to cover the
joint marketing of the new products to meet world-wide export opportunities.
"The Bowman program represents a major step in the development of a fully
integrated digital architecture in the tactical communications field. ITT
Aerospace/Communications, a division of ITT Defense & Electronics, is a leader
in US battlefield communications systems. Its affiliate, ITT Defence,
together with Siemens Plessey and Racal, represent a powerful combination in
serving the worldwide marketplace," Giuliano commented.
ITT Defense & Electronics is a leading supplier of high technology
commercial and defense electronic systems, semiconductors, standard and
customized connectors, and operations and maintenance services, with customers
in avionics, data, communications, information systems, military/space and
ITT Defense & Electronics is a business unit of ITT Industries (NYSE:
IIN), a leading worldwide diversified manufacturing company, with 1995 sales
of $8.4 billion from its three primary business segments: automotive, defense
and electronics, and fluid technology. ITT Automotive is one of the world's
largest independent suppliers of systems and components to automotive
manufacturers. ITT Fluid Technology is one of the world's leading
manufacturers of products, systems and services for the movement, measurement
and control of fluids.
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