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Army makes strides toward network modernization with much anticipated radio award

Monday, September 24, 2018   (0 Comments)

By: Mark Pomerleau  |  September 22, 2018  |  C4ISRNET

The Army has awarded Harris Corp. and Thales Defense a much anticipated radio contract that leaders say is critical for mission command on contested battlefields in the future.

The two-channel leader software-defined radio will allow commanders on the ground to switch frequencies if one is being jammed by adversaries. The Army said it plans to exercise a delivery order for 1,540 Leader Radio sets and 338 vehicular mounting kits. The value of the order was not immediately clear.

“This is an important step in providing critical tactical communications capabilities that are interoperable and effective in a contested electronic warfare environment,” Col. Garth Winterle, project manager for tactical radios, said in a Sept. 21 Army release.

Army leaders have described the radios as critical to the Army’s overall network modernization strategy. The contract allows for annual orders and for the easy integration of new capabilities.

“The award of the two-channel Leader radio contract is an important milestone in the modernization of the Army’s tactical network and Harris is honored to be part of it,” Dana Mehnert, President, Harris Communication Systems, said.  READ MORE...

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