General Dynamics chooses IFR Systems for test equipment on BOWMAN radio project

DECEMBER 20, 16:09 EST

OTTAWA -- Radio systems designers at Computing Devices Canada, a General Dynamics company in Ottawa, needed production test equipment $2.4 billion BOWMAN tactical communications program they are building for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence in London. They found their solution from IFR Systems in Wichita, Kan.

IFR engineers are custom-building production test equipment for the BOWMAN communications system. IFR specializes in test and measurement equipment. IFR's contract from Computing Devices could be worth as much as $15 million, IFR officials say.

The subcontract is to be finalized early in 2002. In anticipation of this subcontract, General Dynamics has provided funding in the amount of $200,000 to allow IFR to begin design and engineering work immediately on the project.

The BOWMAN program will provide secure flexible voice and data communications and serve as the principle enabling technology for future digitization of the British armed forces.

"We are pleased to work with IFR on this sophisticated communications program. The company has many years of experience in designing and manufacturing communications test equipment for demanding laboratory, field and production applications, and vast expertise in secure communications," says Ken Beselt, BOWMAN program manager of General Dynamics.

The job "will allow us to bring our advanced digital technology to bear in an important and highly visible production test equipment application," says Jeffrey Bloomer, chief executive officer of IFR, which builds wireless test solutions for communications, avionics, and general test and measurement applications.

For more information contact IFR by phone at 800-835-2352, by e-mail at, by post at 10200 West York St, Wichita, Kan., 67215-8999, or on the World Wide Web at

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