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Harris has received a new order under the multi-award, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to deliver handheld, manpack and small form-fit (HMS) radios to the US Army.

The order is a second low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract under the IDIQ contract that will allow Harris to continue delivery of the radios to the army.

The US Army will perform operational testing as part of the fielding process.

Harris, General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins were the recipients of the multi-award $12.7bn IDIQ contract, which comprises a base period of five years and an additional five-year option.

Designed for forward-deployed teams, the Harris AN/PRC-158 radio can provide new multi-channel capabilities for the battlefield such as wideband networking while maintaining interoperability with legacy radios.

Harris Communication Systems president Dana Mehnert said: “The army’s new network modernisation strategy and integrated tactical network (ITN) is designed to enable ‘fighting tonight’ while seeking next-generation solutions to stay ahead of potential adversaries.

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“Harris is committed to delivering the next generation of adaptable, software-defined radios that are software upgradeable to meet the army’s evolving network requirements.

“The AN/PRC-158 delivers the security, interoperability and resilience the army needs for its tactical radio modernisation programme while providing unmatched capability for soldiers on the battlefield.”

“Harris is committed to delivering the next generation of adaptable, software-defined radios.”

The army will use the AN/PRC-158 radio for both dismounted and mounted manpack configurations.

Its software-defined architecture offers increased flexibility to respond to new and emerging mission requirements. It allows for the addition of combat capabilities with software updates.

The two-channel solution features integrated cross-banding between waveforms, including trellisware (TSM), soldier radio (SRW), and single-channel ground and airborne radio system (SINCGARS).

The radio has the ability to simultaneously handle classified and unclassified data.

Approximately 65,000 HMS radios will be procured through the IDIQ as part of army’s tactical radio modernisation programme.