Four companies will compete for each order of a $249.6 million hybrid contract to develop and modernize waveforms for the Army, the Defense Department announced July 16.
Rockwell Collins, Northrup Grumman Space and Mission Systems, Harris Corp. and General Dynamics Mission Systems share the contract running through July 12, 2023.
The Army aims to achieve a unified network transport layer by modernizing the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System, or SINCGARS, waveform and developing advanced low probability of detection/low probability of intercept waveforms, according to Army spokesman Paul Mehney.
Those efforts could lead to maturing other DOD waveforms, pending future requirements, Mehney said.
The program executive office for command, control and communications-tactical plans to issue a broad agency announcement for procurement of commercial waveform technology in fiscal year 2019.