Rochester-based L3Harris Technologies Inc. has clinched a contract with the USSOCOM to continue procuring tactical communications radios and associated support services. 

The single award, indefinite-delivery contract spans seven one-year periods with a potential maximum value of $479m.

The contract focuses on the continuous procurement of next-generation tactical communications radios, emphasising the role of these technologies in modern military operations. Alongside acquiring the radios, the agreement includes associated sustainment and support services.

This approach ensures that USSOCOM not only acquires equipment but also benefits from ongoing maintenance and support, maximising operational efficiency.

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By GlobalData

GlobalData’s “The Global Tactical Communications Market 2021-2031” report highlights L3Harris’s historical relationship with the US military. In January 2017, the US government awarded a contract to L3Harris Corporation of $403m to provide spare parts to support various tactical radio systems for the US Defense Logistics Agency. 

Fiscal 2024 procurement funds totalling $2,515,260 have been obligated, underlining the immediate financial commitment to advancing military communication capabilities. The funding structure for the contract encompasses various sources, including procurement, operations, and maintenance funding, as well as research, development, testing, and evaluation funding where appropriate.

This contract was awarded under the Competition in Contracting Act, except to full and open competition, under Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The decision underscores the specialised nature of the equipment and the unique capabilities that L3Harris Technologies brings to the table. 

On 4 October 2023, L3Harris Technologies was awarded full-rate production orders for Manpack and Leader radios by the US Army under the Handheld, Manpack & Small Form Fit (HMS) programme, totalling over $247m. 

L3Harris Technologies also secured a role in the US Army’s Combat Net Radio modernisation programme, winning a $6bn indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract to deliver advanced tactical radios. 

USSOCOM, based at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, is the contracting activity responsible for overseeing the execution of this defence contract. The award further solidifies L3Harris’s position as a partner in delivering solutions to support the mission-critical needs of the US Special Operations Command.