Seven African countries are among ten nations to receive Harris tactical communications systems under a US Department of Defence foreign military sales contract.
The US Department of Defence said it had awarded Harris Corporation a $65 669 054 firm-fixed-price, incrementally funded foreign military sales contract for Ukraine, Lithuania, Lebanon, Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia covering options for Harris Radio Systems, antennas, BMS software, data terminals, touch tablets, field service representatives, and training for installation, operation and maintenance.
The radios involve include the multiband AN/PRC-152A and AN/PRC-117G. The AN/APRC-152 Multiband Handheld Radio (Harris Falcon III) handheld radio provides simultaneous voice and high-speed data services and is interoperable with narrowband line of sight and SATCOM communications such as SINCGARS, Havequick II, and VHF/UHF AM and FM in the 30-512 MHz range.
The Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G(V)1(C) Multiband Networking Manpack Radio covers the 30 MHz to 2 GHz frequency range, and is 30% smaller and 35% lighter than currently fielded multiband manpack radios and operates off a single standard battery.
The US Department of Defence said that work will be performed in Rochester, New York, with an estimated completion date of 30 September 2016. It added that one bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $38 950 534 were obligated at the time of the award.
The contract for the radios comes at the same time as the US Department of Defence contracted American companies to supply trucks, armored personnel carriers and unmanned aerial vehicles to several African Nations falling under the US Africa Command area of responsibility.
This development is expected to boost defense intelligence across the participating countries as the Harris radios are the most advanced military HF radio available today, setting the standard for reliable communication in Security.