L3Harris Technologies has won a third low-rate initial production (LRIP) order from the US Army to deliver AN/PRC-158 multi-channel radios to the battlefield.
The company secured the $95m order under the Handheld, Manpack & Small Form-Fit (HMS) infinite delivery/ infinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.
This contract has a five-year base and an additional option for five years, with a ceiling value of $12.7bn.
As part of the contract, the US Army is expected to purchase about 65,000 HMS Manpack radios.
The order will be followed by an operational test, informing a full rate production decision for the AN/PRC-158 and other HMS products.
Developed by L3Harris, the AN/PRC-158 radio features a two-channel, software-defined architecture.
It features integrated cross-banding between waveforms, including Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) and Demand Assigned Multiple Access/Integrated Waveform (DAMA/IW).
Additionally, the radio is ready for integration with the Warrior Robust Enhanced Network (WREN) waveform.
The integration provides advanced capabilities, simultaneously maintaining backward interoperability with legacy systems.
The AN/PRC-158 radio’s architecture enables flexibility to respond to emerging requirements. It also allows easy porting of new waveforms.
Furthermore, the radio has the capability of simultaneously handling classified and unclassified data.
L3Harris Communication Systems president Dana Mehnert said: “L3Harris is proud to deliver the most critical part of the US Army’s Integrated Tactical Network, enabling secure multi-mission capability in the most challenging and contested environments.
“The AN/PRC-158 will equip soldiers with cutting-edge waveforms, providing resilient SATCOM and advanced wideband networking at the tactical edge.”