NVIS Delivers Barrett Communications Equipment in Nepal
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | Comments

In January, NVIS Communications, the Barrett Communications North American system integrator, was awarded a $1.4 million contract by the US Army Corps to provide 120 radio systems of various configurations to the Nepalese Army. The contract was for both HF and VHF equipment that would be used by the Nepal Army in disaster response and recovery and was a gift from the U.S. State Department to the country of Nepal.

The contract award included Barrett manpacks and vehicle systems with accessories and a 10-day training program. The delivery schedule was planned for the end of April with training to be conducted with the Nepalese Army in late summer 2015.

On 25 April, the day the order was due to be shipped from Barrett Communications factory in Perth, Australia, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, causing significant widespread damage. NVIS Communications, contacted the US Army Corps to expedite the delivery into Nepal and to make arrangements to travel to Nepal to provide the 10-day training program so the equipment could be used immediately.

The training program began 18 May with the theory part of the training, and when the shipment arrived, two days later, NVIS completed the hands-on training, including field training.

“When we were awarded the contract we had no idea of just how relevant the award of this contract would be,” said John Rosica, president of NVIS Communications. “We are very pleased that we could assist on the ground in Nepal and are confident the Nepalese Signals Directorate are ready to put the equipment to use immediately.”

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