MELBOURNE, Fla., July 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department has selected the Harris Corp. for development support and services for wideband networking.
The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract awarded the company has a 5-year term and carries a value of $26 million.
The focus of work will involve the military's Joint Tactical Radio System Soldier Radio Waveform, a voice and data waveform standard to extend battlefield IP networks.
Harris said that under the award, it will deliver improved capabilities, maintenance and ongoing support, which will include company developed enhancements to the JTRS program.
"Harris will apply its unique engineering and field expertise in wideband networking to enhance and evolve SRW to meet today's mission needs as well as tomorrow's emerging requirements,'' said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications.
"Our expertise includes numerous successful waveform ports to our Falcon family of radios, as well as unparalleled waveform testing capabilities. We will promote the highest standards of waveform portability and interoperability.
"In addition, we are also providing the Department of Defense with rights sufficient to invigorate competition, encourage innovation and accelerate fielding of radios running this important waveform.''
Harris' Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack radio is NSA certified for a Type-1 implementation of SRW. Harris has also integrated the AN/PRC-117G and AN/PRC-152A radio systems with the JTRS Joint Enterprise Network Manager to assure interoperability with tactical radios developed by other companies.