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SOCOM's New Radio

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We talked a little about radios earlier this week and the flagging JTRS program so I wanted to bring a recent contract announcement to your attention.

It seems that Harris Communications, an industry leader in developing secure communications architectures, has won a $422 million contract for the Special Operations Forces HF Multi-band Radio system.

Harris has developed radios that meet the Armys JTRS concept, including the AN/PRC-152 that uses programmable software to meet the services secure comms requirement and can evolve with future demands.

The Harris contract is another indication that even though the networking piece of the Future Combat System plods along, service components are going ahead with their own programs to find the best secure communications solution while the Army tries to figure out where its going with a more holistic approach to multi-band comms.

(Gouge: DID)

-- Christian

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