Special Ops to boost tactical comms capabilities

The Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has awarded an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract potentially worth $400 million to Harris to furnish it with next-generation communication capabilities, company officials said April 18.

The five-year, IDIQ contract enables SOCOM to acquire the company's Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack, and AN/PRC-152 handheld radio systems and field support services, the company said.

The contract is part of the Capital Equipment Replacement Program and represents an interim step in the modernization of the SOCOM tactical radio inventory, the company said.

The AN/PRC-117G, which allows dismounted and vehicular warfighters to communicate via voice, video and data in real time, is a National Security Agency Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system.

The AN/PRC-152A is a handheld radio that offers wideband networking capabilities initially through the company's Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform and later this year through the Soldier Radio Waveform.

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