I have an entirely new appreciation for the U.S. Army. On a recent project, service officials broke the government’s often too-slow acquisition model, and instead worked together with us, the contractor, to define its needs, develop the right hardware and software, and then support the Army’s internal development and integration. This experience represents a significant change in the Army’s typical way of doing business, and it taught us both a few lessons.
Harris Corporation has received a $6 million order to supply Falcon II AN/VRC-103 multiband, multimission vehicular radio systems to the U.S. Department of Defense for use in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs). The Harris AN/VRC-103 includes the Falcon II AN/PRC-117F(C) software-defined manpack radio. Widely deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the AN/PRC-117F covers multiple frequencies using military standard voice and data waveforms, ensuring interoperability with a variety of ground-based and airborne equipment. The radio features voice, data and tactical satellite capabilities for communicating on the networked battlefield.
BAE Systems has received multiple contracts totaling $38 million to provide thermal imagers for the U.S. Army's Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) II and Stryker programs. The TIM1500 thermal imagers used on remote weapon stations allow soldiers to detect and identify enemy targets while remaining protected inside their vehicles through remotely controlled, vehicle-mounted platforms for light- and medium-caliber weapons. The TIM1500 provides extended viewing range capability to detect vehicle targets at a significant range for target acquisition, long-rang surveillance and situational awareness. BAE Systems will provide the TIM1500 to Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace AS.
General Dynamics Canada recently received an order to supply more than 1,000 Smart Display Units for installation in U.S. Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The order represents the first use of General Dynamics Canada's technology on the MRAP platform, expanding the reach of the company's comprehensive suite of vehicle electronics currently embedded in the majority of the U.S. armoured vehicle fleet. The MRAP vehicles' command, control, communications and computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities are being upgraded to support future growth and improve operational capability for the crews.
Raydon Corp., Daytona Beach, Florida., was recently awarded a $36 million U.S. Army National Guard contract to provide 11 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle virtual trainers. The estimated completion date is Nov. 30, 2011.