ITT Exelis has been awarded a US foreign military sales (FMS) programme contract for delivery of a wide range of communications equipment to an undisclosed foreign military customer.

Awarded by the US Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), the $25m FMS award covers supply of Exelis International’s single-channel ground and airborne radio system (SINCGARS) VHF base stations and vehicular systems in single and dual radio configurations.

Additional supplies include Spearhead VHF handheld radios, unit and intermediate level spares, installation services, as well as field service representative support to the customer.

ITT Exelis international night-vision and tactical communications systems business area vice president Ken Harrison said the contract built on the customer’s substantial Exelis-installed radio product base in a challenging security environment.

"We will continue to work hard to fulfil US and allied communications requirements with our tactical radio products," Harrison added.

The latest award forms part of an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) FMS contract awarded by CECOM to the company in 2008, and brings the total value of orders received to $451m to date.

Exelis RT-1702 SINCGARS is an advanced software upgradeable radio, designed to provide secure VHF voice and IP data communications capabilities to tactical units in both mounted and dismounted configurations in the 30-88MHz frequency range.

The radio, when combined with available embedded 12 channel GPS receiver option, will also enable the soldier to effectively share GPS data with other tactical systems in the battlefield.

So far, more than 600,000 SINCGARS radios have been delivered by the company the US military and its 30 allies worldwide.

Fully interoperable with RT-1702 SINCGARS radio, the Spearhead VHF is a portable handheld tactical radio capable of offering secure, frequency-hopping voice and packet data with integrated GPS in a small, lightweight package to dismounted soldiers in the 30-88MHz frequency range.