Harris Corporation has been awarded a $3.9bn contract by the US Army for rifleman radios and associated services under the joint tactical radio system (JTRS) handheld, manpack and small-form fit (HMS) programme.
The multi-award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a five-year base period of performance and comes with five option years.
Under the contract, Harris will deliver 50 radios for qualification testing with full rate production fielding scheduled in US Government fiscal year 2017.
Harris RF Communications group president Dana Mehnert said: "The army’s selection of Harris as a provider of Rifleman Radios furthers our leadership position in tactical communications and networking.
"With this contract, the army is one step closer to putting the radios in the hands of warfighters.
"We have developed a fully compliant radio, the RF-330E, which meets or exceeds the army’s requirements. We are ready for full rate production orders today and look forward to the competition for delivery orders."
Capable of transmitting voice and data using the soldier radio waveform, the wireless RF-330E rifleman radio is designed to facilitate command and control by networking frontline soldiers to the tactical internet in 225MHz to 2GHz frequency range in the battlefield.
The lightweight, hand-held radio also allows soldiers at all levels to send information up and down the chain of command, as well as across the network backbone provided by the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T).
Featuring Harris embedded modular radio technology, the radio has already demonstrated its capabilities in a configuration supporting the army NettWarrior end-user device.