The BAE Systems Falcon Tactical Communications System has successfully completed systems field trials following weeks of extensive testing by the UK Ministry of Defence. During the trials data was successfully exchanged and networks linked across six main locations in the UK.

The Falcon system is a ruggedized, secure, deployable broadband voice, data and video communications network. The trials allowed the UK MoD to assess and prove that the tactical communications system can be deployed to deliver the required military capability.

Brigadier Andy Bristow said: “Falcon offers the potential to be the deployed terrestrial architecture of the future, delivering an information space that the Armed Forces can be proud of for the 21st century”.

BAE Systems has now started delivering Falcon installations to the MoD in preparation for handover to the users from the Royal Air Force and the Royal Corps of Signals. This delivery plan will continue to run through to the middle of 2013.

In parallel with this activity, the company has also commenced the Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) element of the programme. This includes support to operations, a spares and repairs service, technical help desk and a technical query service.