Army awards L3Harris $57M contract for two-channel leader radios

By Jaspreet Gill / December 10, 2020 at 11:52 AM

The Army has awarded L3Harris Technologies a $57 million contract for the company's two-channel handheld radios for the service's integrated tactical network, the company announced yesterday.

L3Harris will deliver in early 2021 its Falcon IV AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld radios along with related equipment as part of its third low-rate initial production order with the Army, according to a press release. The service plans to purchase around 100,000 two-channel leader radios under the IDIQ.

The radios can be integrated into Army soldier systems, including the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular, the service's new night-vision goggle.

The AN/PRC-163 radio "can simultaneously communicate over multiple channels and crossband between them, offering up and down echelon connectivity," the press release states. "It is capable of satellite communications, mobile ad-hoc networking (MANET) waveforms and the Army's [Single Channel Ground and Airborne System] waveform. It also offers a path to future software-only updates for SATCOM, SATURN and other anti-jam and resilient waveforms."