The US Army has placed an order with L3Harris Technologies for Falcon IV AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld radios, as well as associated equipment and services.

The $57m order was placed under the two-channel leader radio infinite-delivery, infinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract.

The AN/PRC-163 serves as a key component of the US Army’s Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) enabling troops to share information across the chain of command.

The device is capable of communicating over multiple channels and crossband between them.

According to L3Harris, it is also capable of satellite communications, mobile ad-hoc networking (MANET) waveforms and the army’s SINCGARS waveform.

The radio system can be integrated with soldier systems such as the US Army’s Nett Warrior and Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (ENVG-B) programmes.

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L3Harris Communication Systems president Dana Mehnert said: “The AN/PRC-163 is the most capable handheld radio in the market. It provides warfighters with a broad range of secure interoperable communications capabilities today and the ability to host resilient waveforms required to address evolving future requirements.”

The latest deal represents the third Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) order for L3Harris.

The IDIQ contract comes with a five-year base period with an option of a further five years, with a ceiling value of $3.9bn.

The US Army is expected to procure around 100,000 two-channel Leader Radios under the IDIQ contract.

Earlier this week, L3Harris was contracted by Armasuisse, the Swiss federal office for defence procurement, for electro-optical/infra-red (EO/IR) sighting systems.

L3Harris will be delivering around 100 WESCAM MX-RSTA EO/IR systems under the contract.