U.S. Army Orders 1,500 Portable Radios from Harris
Friday, September 21, 2018 | Comments

Harris received orders for 1,540 AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld radios and related equipment and services as part of the U.S. Army’s two-channel Leader radio indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.

The versatile AN/PRC-163 enables users to send information up and down the chain of command as well as across the battlefield network backbone. It incorporates secure two-channel connectivity in a lightweight, easy-to-use rugged form factor. The radio can simultaneously transmit voice, data and situational awareness through mobile ad-hoc networking applications, VHF/UHF line of sight and legacy SATCOM while offering a path to future software-only updates for MUOS, SATURN and other emerging waveforms.

The award further extends Harris’ leadership in software-defined tactical communications and builds upon the company’s proven ability to engineer and deliver two-channel, next-generation handheld, manpack and vehicular radios. Harris previously received contracts from the U.S. Special Operations Command for next-generation handheld and manpack radios and received a position on the Army’s HMS Manpack IDIQ contract with its two-channel AN/PRC-158 manpack radio.

“The AN/PRC-163 is the most advanced software-defined handheld radio in the world today and will provide our warfighters and commanders with unprecedented capabilities, including enhanced levels of command and control, and situational awareness,” said Dana Mehnert, president, Harris Communications Systems. “These two-channel Leader radio orders are an important milestone in the modernization of the Army’s tactical network.”

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