tactical radios

July 30, 2015
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army has announced the procurement of Motorola’s WAVE technology to enhance radio interoperability.

The U.S. Army is procuring Motorola’s WAVE software technology to fill a need for a unified application that links two-way radios, smartphones, telephones and personal computers together for seamless communications. The $14.1 million contract provides the Army with unlimited access to the capability. WAVE will act as the glue to patch together devices normally incapable of communicating with one another.

August 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache fires point detonation rounds during a training exercise in South Korea. The Army intends to equip its helicopter fleet with the Small Airborne Networking Radio.

The U.S. Army’s tactical radio programs will meet a series of major milestones in the coming months, moving systems toward deployment into the hands of warfighters. Once fielded, the systems and their associated software will extend transmission range, provide on-demand satellite communications at the lowest levels and allow an alternative when satellite signals are degraded or denied.

April 30, 2015
George I. Seffers
Capt. Jonathan Page, USA, uses the Rifleman Radio and Nett Warrior end user device of the Army’s Network Capability Set 13 at Nangalam Base, Afghanistan. Harris Corporation and Thales Defense and Security Incorporated have been awarded contracts to produce the radio system.

The U.S. Army has awarded contracts to two vendors—Harris Corporation and Thales Defense and Security Incorporated—for its Handheld, Manpack and Small-form Fit Rifleman Radio. The contract is structured as a five-year base ordering period, plus a five-year optional ordering period multiple award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity.

March 27, 2015

General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded a $37,276,895 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for software sustainment, logistics documentation, hardware, and enhancements to support the AN/PRC-154 and AN/PRC-154A versions of the Rifleman Radio. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2013, 2014, and 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $37,576,895 are being obligated at the time of the award.

March 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
In preparation for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 initial operational test and evaluation, soldiers train on the move during the WIN-T Increment 2 new equipment training at Fort Bliss, Texas. Simplifying the network is a major priority for Maj. Gen. Daniel Hughes, USA, program executive officer, command, control and communications-tactical.

The U.S. Army, which purchases vast numbers of tactical radios, will no longer do so through sole-source contracting, vows Maj. Gen. Daniel Hughes, USA, PEO-C3T. Competing every single contract is designed to create a radio marketplace that fosters innovation while saving time and money.

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers

Harris Corp., RF Communications Division, Rochester, N.Y., is being awarded a $22,117,791 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Harris radios and associated components which will be utilized within the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Yield Explosive Response enterprise that interfaces with first responders, National Guard teams, military tactical components, law enforcement, and other Department of Defense entities. This contract includes the first delivery order for the procurement of 30 Harris tactical