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Harris Corporation announced on 13 June that the US Army has awarded it a second low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract to enable continued delivery of the flexible and highly capable AN/PRC-158 multi-channel radio under the Handheld, Manpack and Small Form-Fit (HMS) IDIQ contract.

The radio features a two-channel, software-defined architecture, with integrated cross-banding between waveforms, including TSM, SRW, SINCGARS, SATCOM and others, providing new advanced capabilities while maintaining backward interoperability with legacy radios. The software-defined architecture enables flexibility to respond to new and emerging requirements and allows easy porting of new waveforms. The radio is also capable of simultaneously handling classified and unclassified data.

The Army’s new network modernisation strategy and Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) is designed to enable ‘fighting tonight,’ while seeking next-generation solutions to stay ahead of potential adversaries. Harris is committed to delivering the next generation of adaptable, software-defined radios that are software upgradeable to meet the Army’s evolving network requirements,” commented Harris Communication Systems President, Dana Mehnert. “The AN/PRC-158 delivers the security, interoperability and resilience the Army needs for its tactical radio modernisation programme while providing unmatched capability for soldiers on the battlefield.”

This is the second LRIP for Harris and will be followed by Operational Testing as part of the fielding process. The IDIQ contract includes a five-year base and an additional five-year option, with a ceiling of $12.7 billion. The Army expects to purchase approximately 65,000 HMS Manpack radios under the IDIQ.

The Harris FALCON III AN/PRC-158 Multi-channel Manpack radio. (Photo: Harris)

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