Under a $37 million contract, Thales will provide its AN/PRC-148C Multiband Inter-Intra Team Radio (IMBITR) to security force assistance brigades (SFAB) in the U.S. Army. The dual-channel, certified networking radio technology will enhance communications at the tactical edge providing joint and coalition forces interoperability, a capability sought by the Amry's Office of the Chief of Staff. The IMBITR is a variant of the Multiband Inter-Intra Team Radio (MBITR) and the world’s first 2-channel handheld networking radio embedding the Tactical Scalable MANET waveform, Thales indicated. It will provide SFAB soldiers with narrowband and tactical satellite communications in an ad hoc capability.
Persistent Systems, LLC of New York will supply 950 MPU5 radios to the U.S. Army National Guard's Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs) under a $8.9 million contract vehicle in support of the Army's Unified Command Suite (UCS) Program of Record, which is managed by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD).
The U.S. Army has awarded an Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract for the first mid-tier networking vehicular radios (MNVR), which will provide a link between forces at the company and platoon echelons and their higher headquarters for rapid distribution of data, imagery and other information. The Army awarded a $8.4 million delivery order to Harris Corporation for up to 232 of the multi-channel radios. These radios will be used for test, certification and integration with current and future Army vehicle platforms.
Harris Corporation, Rochester, New York, was awarded an $85,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract modification to procure radios. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
General Dynamics C4 Systems recently received a contract from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to deliver radios that allow air traffic control personnel to communicate with commercial and military aircraft throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). The 10-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a potential value of $363 million if all options are exercised. The contract is part of the FAA's Next Generation Air-Ground Communications (NEXCOM) Segment 2 program which includes replacing outmoded air traffic control (ATC) air-to-ground radios with radios using the latest in communications technology.
Elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan are now using the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Rifleman Radio combined with the GD300 wearable computer. The radio enables intrasquad communications, and the GD300's Tactical Ground Reporting (TIGR) tactical app allows soldiers to share text messages, situation reports and other information.
A new iPhone app attracting close to 80,000 new users each day taps into a huge collection of live police, firefighter, aircraft, railroad, marine, emergency and ham radios. Developed by Smartest Apple, the 5-0 Radio app allows users to find feeds in their area and listen while they run other apps or browse the Web. The app has an integrated map that finds the user's location and the feeds associated with that area. It organizes feeds by county, city, country and popularity, among others. The delay between the real radio feed and the app is between 1-3 seconds.
Harris Corp., Rochester, New York, was awarded a $78.5 million contract for Foreign Military Sales of radio base stations, vehicle mounts, and man packs to the government of the Philippines. The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.