ITT Exelis wins international battlefield radio deal

ITT Exelis has won an $11.6 million contract with an international customer to furnish a wide range of communications equipment, the company said March 1.

Under the agreement, the company will provide SpearNet UHF radios in both vehicular-mounted and soldier-wearable configurations, and also ancillaries and spare parts for the SpearNet radio systems, the company said. SpearNet is a high-throughput, portable radio that can handle large volumes of voice, data and video communications over a self-forming and self-healing ad hoc network.

The company says it has made a number of enhancements to SpearNet recently, including improved call reliability, which results in continuous communications without network reconfiguration. This enables a reliable, cellular-like experience for operators as they move around the battlefield.

Exelis also has improved SpearNet’s capability to transmit large amounts of data by greatly increasing its data transfer rate. SpearNet’s use of wideband direct sequence spread spectrum gives users enhanced voice, data and video transmission capability from dismounted soldier to commander, the company said.

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