London, UK Printed circuit boards for use in the Bowman defence communications system are to be supplied by Celestica's UK manufacturing facility at Kidsgrove, near Stoke-on-Trent, to ITT Defence based in Basingstoke.
ITT will integrate the assembled boards into system level products to form the core of its family of VHF Advanced Digital Radios Plus (ADR+) for manpack, vehicular, portable and airborne operations, as well as the Mercury High Capacity Data Radio (HCDR) for networked multimedia operations.
Bowman is the UK Ministry of Defence MoD programme that provides the U.K. Armed Services with a tactical, secure digital voice and data communications system, replacing existing analogue equipment. The equipment will be fitted to around 20,000 military vehicles, 156 ships and 276 aircraft, and 75,000 personnel will be trained on the equipment over a 4 year period starting in 2003.
Peter Bedwin, managing director of ITT Defence, said, “We are delighted to have Celestica as part of our Bowman team. The ITT team evaluated Celestica's Kidsgrove operation and was impressed with the company's technical skills, supply chain capabilities and the professionalism of their people. This is an important outsourcing programme. It was not only vital that we work with a company that meets our needs from a UK base, but also one that has the reputation and stability associated with a global tier one EMS provider.”
Celestica's Kidsgrove operation has been realigned to focus on customers wanting higher complexity services, and, in particular, low volume high mix batch manufacturing which is typically the requirement from aerospace and defence OEMs, as well as OEMs in the medical, industrial, automotive and telematics markets.
The overall Bowman contract worth US$2.4 billion was won by General Dynamic UK and ITT Defence is providing wireless communications systems for up to 50,000 net radios for the programme in a contract valued at approximately US$400 million.
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