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£6.4m Contract signed to support Armed Forces secure comms

The FALCON system in operation
BAE Systems has been awarded a £6.4m Falcon Training contract from the UK MoD to support and train personnel in using the Falcon secure comms system.

The contract follows the successful completion of an initial Conversion Training Programme which converted Army and RAF personnel from legacy systems onto Falcon, a system that has become the primary secure operational level communications system for the Armed Forces.

Falcon is a ruggedised, secure, deployable broadband voice, data and video communications system that provides vital defence information to the battlespace.  Designed and delivered by  our company, the system was accepted by the British Army in 2012 and has been deployed on operations since 2014.

Colonel Matt Fensom the Commandant of the Defence School of Communications and Information Systems said “Falcon provides a vital role on the battlefield, it gives us a competitive advantage and goes a long way to satisfying the UK MoD’s vision for Information Superiority.  We have welcomed the support that BAE Systems has provided in ensuring the transition of Falcon training to an established training programme has been as smooth as possible here within the Defence School of Communications Information Systems (DSCIS).”

Richard Checkley, Head of the company's Falcon programme said “The way we support our products and services is fundamental and it’s something that we’ve been committed to getting right.  This contract confirms that the end-to-end support we provide to our customers is highly valued.  We look forward to continuing to provide the right kit and the right training to ensure our Armed Forces have the most effective secure and deployable Comms systems that we can deliver.”

Working in partnership with Babcock the team provide the training infrastructure, management, support, trainers and training development staff to  continued training development and delivery of the Falcon System for the next four and a half years. Under leadership of a team from based at our Christchurch site, the team will continue to operate out of two established training facilities at Blandford, Dorset and RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.  The contract also has options to expand and extend through this period.