Raytheon has secured a $406m contract from the US Army for deployment of ARC-231A radio systems.
This indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is valid for the next five years and covers upgrades, production and support for up to 5,000 radios.
Given that the ARC-231A is software-defined, it can accommodate quick upgrades without the need to remove radio from its platform.
Recently, the latest version of the system secured NSA Type 1 certification. It is claimed to provide secure, classified communications on the battlefield.
Raytheon Integrated Communication Systems vice-president Barbara Borgonovi said: “These radios are the backbone of rotary-wing communications.
“The ARC-231A enables US forces to maintain the edge in secure communications, whether they’re flying in contested or congested environments.”
The company will install radios on several US Army platforms, including the UH-60 Black Hawk, UH-72 Lakota utility helicopter and the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.
In February, Raytheon secured an $88.44m cost-plus-fixed-fee IDIQ contract for the modification and upgrade of the sensor system software and hardware for the F/A-18/EA-18G aircraft.
The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division of China Lake, California, is the contracting activity.
Under the contract, the company will provide technical support for hardware and software anomaly investigation, design, development, documentation, integration, test, and evaluation of systems and support equipment.
Last month, Raytheon secured a $205m cost-plus-fixed-fee contract from the US Department of Defense (DoD) for the delivery of the Phalanx land-based weapon system to the US Army.
The self-contained, rapid-fire Phalanx land-based weapon system automatically locates, tracks, and kill assesses enemy threats, such as projectiles or enemy aircraft.
In 2018, Raytheon reported sales of $27bn. With 67,000 employees, the company provides electronics, mission systems integration, C5I products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries.