ARLINGTON, Va., May 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted Thales to provide it with Rifleman Radio systems through an indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity award.
The award, which allows Thales to compete for orders under the Rifleman Radio program, has a five-year base period of performance with a five-year option.
The Army's acquisition strategy is to let multiple award recipients to compete for individual orders once their initial radios are delivered and pass qualification testing.
The approved radios are to be fielded beginning in 2017.
Thales said the Army's projected IDIQ contract cost through 2025 for radios, including accessories, technical support and sustainment, is a maximum $3.9 billion.
Thales is offering the Army its AN/PRC-154A Rifleman Radio, which provides voice and data simultaneously.
"Thales remains committed to the Rifleman Radio program and to supporting the Army's network modernization initiative," said Michael Sheehan, president and chief executive officer of Thales Defense and Security Inc. "We look forward to continuing to deliver the nation's soldiers a decisive advantage on the battlefield."