The US Army has awarded its long-awaited indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) mid-tier networking vehicular radio (MNVR) contract to Harris.
Having a maximum potential value of $140m, the contract covers delivery of up to 232 MNVR radio systems for the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 15.1 exercise, which is scheduled to be held in late 2014.
Radios from the initial order will be used for validation, certification and integration, with the existing and future army vehicle platforms, including Stryker wheeled combat vehicles, mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles and high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), IHS Jane reported citing an army statement.
Based on Harris' combat-proven Falcon III wideband networking technology, the two-channel MNVR solution successfully completed testing with the US Government's wideband networking waveform (WNW) at the Space and Navy Warfare Command Systems Center-Atlantic and at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, US, in July 2013.
Launched by the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO) in November 2011, MNVR programme aims to acquire up to 2,500 new low-cost, vehicle-mounted, software-defined radio systems to equip eight to ten brigade combat teams (BCTs) in 2014.
The MNVR programme replaces the multi-billion joint tactical radio system ground mobile radio (JTRS GMR) programme that was cancelled due to cost overruns and system failures in October 2011.
MNVR programme project manager colonel Gregory Fields said that the MNVR will enable the quick sharing of information collected at the farthest tactical edge across the network, increasing soldiers communication effectiveness for any mission in any region.
''By using a competitive approach to acquire mature technology that meets this need, we will deliver a more affordable, more capable radio to our forces,'' Fields added.
Other MNVR bidders included Northrop Grumman-Exelis team, BAE Systems and General Dynamics C4 Systems (GDC4S).