Harris wins $255m contract to deliver NG manpack radios to USSOCOM


Harris has secured a six-year $255m contract from the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deliver multi-channel manpack radios.

The contract was awarded under the US Special Operations Forces (SOF) Tactical Communications (STC) programme.

Under the single-award indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract, the company is tasked with providing its next-generation manpack (NGMP) radios and new RF-410 NGPA power amplifier, as well as vehicular solutions, accessories and push-to-talk / headset audio sub-systems.

The manpack radios will provide superior communications for the SOF on the battlefield.

Harris Communication Systems president Chris Young said: “The Harris STC handheld and manpack radios meet rigorous performance requirements today, with the ability to add advanced new capabilities as needed in the future.

“Our leadership position in tactical communications stems from our continued investment and commitment to converting innovative breakthroughs into proven capabilities for the SOF operator.”

"The Harris STC handheld and manpack radios meet rigorous performance requirements today, with the ability to add advanced new capabilities as needed in the future."

Harris said that its NGMP offers fully integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), situational awareness and communication capabilities, while meeting or exceeding the enhanced manpack requirements for increased performance, power, throughput and range.

The STC programme radios have the ability to simultaneously communicate over multiple channels with an integrated Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module Global Positioning System receiver.

The radios can communicate via satellite communications, VHF/UHF/L-band and multiple wideband networking waveforms, as well as receive and transmit ISR full-motion video and signals-based situational awareness.

In September 2015, Harris received a $390m contract from the USSOCOM for the two-channel next-generation handheld radio.


Image: Harris’ next-generation multi-channel manpack radios. Photo: courtesy of Harris.