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US Army makes headway on tactical comms programmes

20th May 2020 - 09:00 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland

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Two tactical radio programmes for the US Army are moving to the next stage of procurement and testing.

A spokesperson for the US Army Programme Executive Office Command, Control, Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T) told Shephard that full-rate production for the Handheld, Manpack & Small Form Fit (HMS Manpack) radio is expected by the middle of FY2021, with contracts to follow in Q3 FY2021.

Last month, the army signed a third Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract for the HMS Manpack radio programme. Collins Aerospace and L3Harris will each provide 1,782 Gen 2 radios and ancillaries.

L3 Harris is providing its AN/PRC-158 multi-channel radios for $95 million out of the $203.2 million LRIP contract value. Collins Aerospace is providing its AN/PRC-162 radio.

A spokesperson from the L3Harris told Shephard that deliveries would start late 2020 followed by an operational test, ‘the results of which will be used to inform full-rate production decision. Operational fielding is expected in 2021 ...

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