$113.6M Dutch Marines C4I Contract for General Dynamics BOWMAN System
General Dynamics UK Ltd. has signed a EUR 94 million (USD $113.6 million) contract with the Royal Netherlands Navy to supply the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps with the New Integrated Marines Communications and Information System (NIMCIS). General Dynamics UK Limited is the prime systems integrator for NIMCIS, working with a team that includes ITT Defence Limited and Harris Systems Limited.
NIMCIS is a two-year program to replace legacy communications equipment in the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps with the BOWMAN C4I system, which is also being rolled out to the UK Armed Forces in a GBP 1.7 billion contract by General Dynamics UK Limited. NIMCIS will provide the them with a secure voice and data communications infrastructure capable of supporting a range of network-enabled command, control, communications, computing and intelligence systems. In addition to a standalone system capability for the Marines, a key feature of NIMCIS will be the interoperability it provides between the Netherlands, UK forces, and other allied forces. http://www.army.mod.uk/bowman/index.htm
General Dynamics UK is currently delivering the BOWMAN system to the UK MoD, having won the GBP 1.7 billion Prime Contractor and Systems Integration contract for the BOWMAN secure, digital voice and data communications system in September 2001. A subsequent amendment to the original contract in December 2002 included the additional provision of an information Infrastructure as part of the ComBAT, Infrastructure, and Platform BISA programme.
BOWMAN/CIP, as the joint UK programme is known, will provide the infrastructure to support a range of network-enabled systems over the next 30 years.
Additional Readings & Sources
- Corporate Release (July 14/05) – General Dynamics UK awarded EUR 94 Million ($113.6 Million) C4I contract by the Royal Netherlands Navy
- General Dynamics UK – BOWMAN C4I System
- ITT Industries – BOWMAN. Focused more on end-user hardware.
- UK Army – BOWMAN
- DID (Aug 26/06) – Problems Forecast for BOWMAN System in NAO Report