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Exercise Rigid Lion
British Army powerboat team
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The boats used two of the latest products to come from radio manufacturer, Icom. Waterproof to IPX-7, the IC-M503 together with its optional DSC controller, DS-100, meet 'Class D' DSC requirements. Ideal for the harsh demands of the RIB market, both units feature large flush mountable front panels together with large backlit function buttons and LCD for confident operation under all lighting conditions.

Dot matrix characters ensure that information can be read easily at all times.

Major John Winskill commenting on the Icom communications said, ’The radios were used constantly throughout the passage …we didn’t have a single problem with them. They were extremely easy to use, had clear displays and were entirely user friendly.

The logical layout of the systems made it easy for us to teach the young soldiers how to use them in a matter of minutes. The buttons and controls are clearly marked, large and well spaced to allow accurate adjustments to be made even when running in absolute darkness at 40 knots off the North coast of Scotland!”

Through the total success of the exercise we were able to give tens of thousands of young people an insight into what extra-curricular activities they might get involved with if they choose to join the Army.

I cannot thank Icom UK enough for giving me the opportunity to demonstrate these great opportunities to so many youngsters. Additionally the radios allowed me to control the World Record attempt as I was able to marshall the support ships and aircraft. Hence we could give Mark the best shot at being a champion.

Ian Lockyer, Marketing Manager at Icom UK said, ’We are extremely pleased to have supported Exercise Rigid Lion and Mark’s successful World Record attempt. It was important that a project like this had dependable communications, that are easy to use and see by different crew members in varying weather conditions…that is why Icom is the natural choice for RIB owners.’

For more information please contact:
Ian Lockyer, Icom Marketing Manager,