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Harris, Thales Win $390M Southern Command Radio Contracts

Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) and Thales Communications have won $390 million in contracts to provide new versions of handheld and backpack tactical radio systems to U.S. Southern Command, NextGov reports.

Harris will provide the handheld AN/PRC-152 radio, which supports both terrestrial and satellite communications and operates in the frequency range between 30 and 512 megahertz.

The command will also receive Harris’ backpack AN/PRC-117G radio, which supports wideband satellite communications in the frequency range between 225 and 2 gigahertz.

A company spokesman told NextGov the radios will include encryption chips for top secret communications.

Earlier this week, the Melbourne, Fla.-based contractor won $49 million to provide radios to first responders for use at Marine Corps facilities worldwide.

Thales will provide a new version of its AN/PRC-148 handheld radios, which run software waveforms for the Joint Tactical Radio System and have modules for encrypting communications.

The waveforms manage frequency, modulation and bandwidth.

The Army will brief contractors on an upcoming procurement of 5, 000 JTRS radios during an industry day April 13 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., NextGov reports.

The Army plans to award an initial contract for those radios in August.

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