While significant improvements in range, speed and lethality of kinetic weapons have been made in recent years, the increased ability to engage an adversary has far outpaced the ability to identify friend from foe. This competing dynamic has contributed to slower progress in the expansion of situational awareness and poses long-standing challenges associated with the fog of war. As a result of this lag, it is increasingly important to arm individual platforms with multiple sources of communications to boost both lethality and survivability.
Harris Corp., Rochester, New York, has been awarded a maximum $403,264,139 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for spare parts supporting various tactical radio systems. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(2). This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is New York, with a January 5, 2022, performance completion date. Using customers are Army and Defense Logistics Agency. Types of appropriation are fiscal 2017 through fiscal 2022 Army working capital; and defense working capital funds, funded in the year of delivery order issuance.
The U.S. Army initiated full and open competition for the Small Airborne Networking Radio (SANR) by releasing a draft request for proposals (RFP) yesterday.
The SANR will replace the ARC-201D radios in the Army’s aviation platforms and provide soldiers with increased data, video, situational awareness, friendly force tracking and voice clarity.
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.
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.
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.
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. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W15P7T-15-C-0005).
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, program executive officer, command, control and communications-tactical (PEO-C3T). Competing every single contract is designed to create a radio marketplace that fosters innovation while saving time and money.
“As of right now, every radio buy will be competitive. I do not believe sole source is the way to go. I would rather compete radios because I know competing radios produces innovation and drives down the total cost of ownership of the radio itself. For example, we’ll tell vendors, ‘We need 1,000 radios. Now go kill yourselves competing on this,” Gen. Hughes says.
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 radios and associated components. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-13-D-0019).