USSOCOM orders new two-channel handheld tactical radio from Harris

4 October 2015 (Last Updated October 4th, 2015 18:30)

Harris has secured a contract to supply a new specialised, handheld, tactical communication system to the US Special Operations Forces (SOF).

Harris has secured a contract to supply a new specialised, handheld, tactical communication system to the US Special Operations Forces (SOF).

Awarded by the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the $390m single-source, indefinite delivery/quantity contract consists of a five-year base period and one-year option.

Under the contract, the company will deliver new integrated two-channel, handheld radios as part of the SOF Tactical Communications (STC) programme.

"The award expands Harris' leadership position in providing advanced tactical radios and support to the Central Asian Nation and other customers around the world."

The STC handheld radio combines communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to meet the SOF's unique mission requirements in the harshest environments.

Designed to address rigorous requirements for small, lightweight, multiband, multifunction, multimission tactical radios, the STC platform can be upgraded easily and features built-in backward interoperability to communicate over conventional networks.

Leveraging Harris' experience and innovative technology from its proven Falcon III tactical radio family, including the AN/PRC-117G and AN/PRC-158 manpack radios, the STC enables SOF teams to communicate over multiple channels simultaneously with an integrated selective availability anti-spoofing module (SAASM) global positioning system receiver.

According to the company, the two-channel radio will also provide soldiers with the ability to receive ISR full-motion video and signals-based threat information.

In a separate development, Harris also won a $38m contract to provide support services for its advanced tactical radio systems used by a country in Central Asia.

Harris Communication Systems president Chris Young said: "The award expands Harris' leadership position in providing advanced tactical radios and support to the Central Asian Nation and other customers around the world."

The company will establish in-country capabilities to provide training, technical support and maintenance services for the radios, which are currently used by the customer for critical voice, data and video connectivity on the battlefield.