The UK’s army is to deploy the £200m Falcon battlefield communications network under a contract with BAE Systems.
Due to enter service in 2010, the contract was signed between the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) and BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies (Insyte).
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The Falcon network will be used by senior commanders to control combat operations at corps, divisional and brigade level. It will have up to 50 times the data throughput capacity of the systems it replaces.
The government said Falcon will improve the army's communications network, and reduce the number of Royal Signals vehicles and personnel needed to support army headquarters.
Falcon will be integrated with the army’s existing Bowman tactical communications system and the Cormorant command system.
Bowman will feed information into Falcon, which will be able to link back to UK headquarters using the Skynet 5 satellite communications system.
Falcon replaces systems including Ptarmigan, Euromux, and the RAF Transportable Telecommunications System (RTTS).
The Falcon project is being managed by the Theatre and Formation Communication Systems project team, which is based at the DPA in Bristol.