BOWMAN Contracts

With the Army now starting to think about a BOWMAN replacement or evolution of it, time to look at the cost and ask whether it was value for money.

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An FOI request published by the MoD this week provides some insight.

Please could you provide a list of all contracts to-date that the government has placed with private companies relating to the BOWMAN Communication System. Please could you provide the contract number & title, start & end data of contract, the contract recipient and its value. If you have any notes about details of the services rendered, I would greatly appreciate them, however this is not essential to the fulfillment of my request

And here they are

Supplier Contract Title Start Date End Date Contract  Value 
GENERAL DYNAMICS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED JNIB – Full Implementation NOT BATCIS FUNDED 01-Oct-05 31-Mar-10 15,200,000
QINETIQ LIMITED TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS DT 31-Oct-05 31-Mar-06 80,000
DEFENCE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY PROJECT SUPPORT TO TNG 13-Jun-07 31-Mar-08 50,000
BOZEAT INDUSTRIAL LIMITED Upgrade of Simple Fit TUM into TINY TUM 05-Jun-07 31-Mar-08 500,000
GENERAL DYNAMICS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED PROVISION OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION FROM GDUK TO STAKEHOLDER  DTs 14-Jan-08 14-Jan-13 1
GENERAL DYNAMICS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED JOINT SYSTEMS INTEGRATION BODY (JSIB) 01-Apr-08 30-Mar-14 23,000,000
C2 DIEPPE LIMITED TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS DT 20-May-08 31-Mar-12 250,000
SYSTEMATIC SOFTWARE ENGINEERING LTD MIP CONSULTANCY 15-May-08 30-Jun-09 800,000
NEXOR LIMITED NEXOR 23-May-08 12-Jun-08 110,000
GENERAL DYNAMICS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED PROVISION OF BCIP TECHNICAL ASSURANCE SERVICES FOR 01/04/2009  TO 31/03/2011 01-Apr-09 31-Mar-11 2,000,000
FUJITSU SERVICES LIMITED SME SUPPORT FOR INTEGRATION OF BCIP INTO OVERTASK 01-Jan-11 31-Mar-12 90,000
DEFENCE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY PROVISION OF SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR TO BATCIS 2010-2011 04-May-10 31-Mar-11 140,000
DEFENCE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY DSTL SUPPORT TO BCIP/OVERTASK PROJECT 06-Sep-10 05-Nov-10 30,000
INTELLECT ENTERPRISES LIMITED PROVISION OF SUPPORT TO BATCIS TRANSFORMATION INDUSTRY DAY 18-Aug-11 30-Apr-13 40,000
DEFENCE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY PROVISION OF SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR TO BATCIS 2011-2012 01-Apr-11 31-Mar-12 150,000
TRUSTMARQUE SOLUTIONS LIMITED PROVISION OF MICROSOFT OFFICE 2010 LICENCES 01-Aug-11 30-Sep-11 10,000
SYSTEMS CONSULTANTS SERVICES LIMITED PROVISION OF A BAMIP SME 06-Sep-11 30-Jun-12 80,000
QINETIQ LIMITED UOR AO1558B TECHNICAL SUPPORT 06-Dec-11 30-Jun-13 370,000
EXELIS DEFENCE LIMITED POCIS TO PORT WAVEFORM ONTO THIRD PARTY SDR 20-Dec-11 30-Sep-12 640,000
QUINTEC ASSOCIATES LTD UOR S AO1558 & A01599 TECHNICAL SUPPORT 10-Oct-11 30-Jun-12 190,000
EXELIS DEFENCE LIMITED PROVISION OF JTRS BOWMAN WAVEFORM EVALUATION TRIALS  SUPPORT 08-Mar-12 19-Apr-12 60,000
E2E SERVICES LIMITED JSIB ENDURING SUPPORT 01-Apr-12 30-Jun-13 240,000
SULA SYSTEMS LIMITED ENDURING SUPPORT TO BATCIS 12/13 01-Apr-12 31-Mar-13  250,000
QINETIQ LIMITED ENDURING BCIP SUPPORT 12/13 28-Mar-12 28-Jun-13 850,000
THALES UK LIMITED BCIP 5.5 ENDURING SUPPORT 2012/13 01-Apr-12 30-Jun-13 210,000
TRUSTMARQUE SOLUTIONS LIMITED PROVISION OF BCIP 5.5 OFFICE TOOLS LICENCES WITH TOKEN  ACTIVATION CAPABILITY 01-Mar-12 31-Mar-17 3,600,000
C2 DIEPPE LIMITED PROVISION OF E3 01-Apr-12 31-Mar-14  130,000
GENERAL DYNAMICS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED LSSP 01-Apr-14 31-Mar-19 230,000,000
GENERAL DYNAMICS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED CONTRACTOR SUPPORT TO BCIP 5.5 FIELDING 26-Mar-13 31-Mar-15 1,700,000
GENERAL DYNAMICS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED GDUK DESIGN SERVICES PROVIDER (DSP) 28-Mar-14 31-Mar-19 135,000,000
G3 SYSTEMS LIMITED BOWMAN CONVERSION TCOPO 12-Dec-12 31-Dec-13 350,000
AQL EMC LIMITED BOWMAN TCOPO E3 TESTING 14-Jun-13 31-Jul-13 10,000
FUJITSU SERVICES LIMITED SUPPORT TO EXERCISE COUGAR 13 24-Jun-13 31-Mar-14 50,000
ROKE MANOR RESEARCH LTD ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AND BRIEFING MATERIAL FOR SECURITY REVIEW 05-Mar-14 31-Mar-14 10,000
DEFENCE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY DSTL SUPPORT FOR LSU OA 31-Mar-14 31-Oct-14 50,000
GENERAL DYNAMICS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED BOWMAN SUPPLY AND SUPPORT CONTRACT 13-Sep-01 31-Mar-14 3,200,000,000
GENERAL DYNAMICS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED ASSESSMENT PHASE FOR COMBAT & DLB 06-Mar-02 31-Dec-00 11,500,000
GENERAL DYNAMICS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED GDUK INFORMATION SUPPLY 23-Oct-02 14-Jan-08 1
GENERAL DYNAMICS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED JSIB 2003-2008 25-Apr-03 31-Mar-08 25,000
QUINTEC ASSOCIATES LTD TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 02-Apr-07 31-Mar-08 750,000
SYSTEMS CONSULTANTS SERVICES LIMITED TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 19-Sep-07 25-Apr-08 500,000
QUINTEC ASSOCIATES LTD TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 31-Mar-08 31-Mar-09 800,000
HP ENTERPRISE SERVICES DEFENCE & SECURITY  UK LIMITED TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 15-Apr-08 31-Mar-09 160,000
SYSTEMS CONSULTANTS SERVICES LIMITED TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 09-Apr-08 31-Mar-09 160,000
DEVONPORT ROYAL DOCKYARD LIMITED TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 21-Apr-08 31-Mar-09 120,000
S.COM GROUP LTD TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 10-Apr-08 31-Mar-09 180,000
ABBOTT RISK CONSULTING LIMITED TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 03-Apr-08 31-Mar-09                  100,000
ADELARD LLP TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 01-Apr-08 31-Mar-09 60,000
SULA SYSTEMS LIMITED TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 19-Mar-08 31-Mar-09 360,000
HP ENTERPRISE SERVICES DEFENCE & SECURITY  UK LIMITED EDS-PROVISION OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 1 APRIL 2009 –  31 MARCH 2010 01-Apr-09 31-Mar-10 130,000
E2E SERVICES LIMITED PROVISION OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 20-Mar-09 31-Mar-12 550,000
S.COM GROUP LTD SCOM – PROVISION OF TECHNICAL SEUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 11 MAY 2009  – 31 MARCH 2010 11-May-09 31-Oct-09 70,000
RJD TECHNOLOGY LIMITED RJDT-PROVISION OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 6 APRIL 2009-31  MARCH 2010 06-Apr-09 31-Mar-10 200,000
ADELARD LLP TECH SUPPORT BATCIS 06-Apr-09 31-Mar-10 60,000
DEVONPORT ROYAL DOCKYARD LIMITED BABCOCK INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGY – PROVISION OF TECHNICAL  SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 13 MAY 2009-31 MARCH 2010 13-May-09 31-Mar-10 120,000
QUINTEC ASSOCIATES LTD QUINTEC-PROVISION OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO BATCIS IPT 1 APRIL  2009 – 31 MARCH 2010 31-Mar-09 31-Mar-10 500,000

Just to save you the trouble, the total is…

£3,632,585,002

The big hitter of course being General Dynamics at £3.618 billion, original contract value £1.9 billion

Supplier Contract  Value
GENERAL DYNAMICS UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED 3,618,425,002
TRUSTMARQUE SOLUTIONS LIMITED 3,610,000
QUINTEC ASSOCIATES LTD 2,240,000
QINETIQ LIMITED 1,300,000
SYSTEMATIC SOFTWARE ENGINEERING LTD 800,000
E2E SERVICES LIMITED 790,000
SYSTEMS CONSULTANTS SERVICES LIMITED 740,000
EXELIS DEFENCE LIMITED 700,000
SULA SYSTEMS LIMITED 610,000
BOZEAT INDUSTRIAL LIMITED 500,000
DEFENCE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY 420,000
C2 DIEPPE LIMITED 380,000
G3 SYSTEMS LIMITED 350,000
HP ENTERPRISE SERVICES DEFENCE & SECURITY  UK LIMITED 290,000
S.COM GROUP LTD 250,000
DEVONPORT ROYAL DOCKYARD LIMITED 240,000
THALES UK LIMITED 210,000
RJD TECHNOLOGY LIMITED 200,000
FUJITSU SERVICES LIMITED 140,000
ADELARD LLP 120,000
NEXOR LIMITED 110,000
ABBOTT RISK CONSULTING LIMITED 100,000
INTELLECT ENTERPRISES LIMITED 40,000
AQL EMC LIMITED 10,000

 

This is also not the full picture.

The Personal User Data Terminals as first introduced, batteries and other items were (I think) moved into the Future Infantry Soldier Technology (FIST) or other projects. Whether the motivation for that was for genuine technical, project management or doctrinal reasons, or, just to hide the failures in another projects funds is open for discussion.

The costs also fail to include include any number of UOR’s needed because BOWMAN did not deliver or was not bought into service within the target period.

Many think BOWMAN has been a criminal waste of time and money, with lots of revolving doors between the MoD and General Dynamics, the destruction of RACAL and a shockingly poor system delivered to users that has taken a huge effort to get to a workable state.

Opinions seem mixed.

The early problems however, are a matter of record.

It would be good to see The National Audit office should do a follow up their 2007 report with the costs of Afghanistan and Iraq UORS’s considered, plus the related items like batteries, but I guess there is little appetite to do so.

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