The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed two deals with General Dynamics to modernise the armed forces’ Bowman military communications system.

A Capability Release contract will update the Bowman digital radio system with a number of modern technologies.

General Dynamics will also provide technical support, including repair and field services.

Quentin Davies, minister for defence equipment and support, said, “It is a key element of a comprehensive suite of communications systems to provide a robust network that allows commanders to exercise command and control effectively.”

Bowman is critical for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for secure and faster communications.

General Dynamics has won the £2.4bn contract after the MoD terminated its original deal with the Archer consortium.

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The Bowman system has been installed in more than 13,000 British Army vehicles.

The MoD has recently purchased 2,139 radios, with an option to acquire 437 radios in future.