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Harris, Thales Win $1.35B Navy Handheld Radio IDIQs

The U.S. Navy has awarded Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) and Thales Communications two contracts potentially worth $1.35 billion combined for handheld radios, the Defense Department announced Monday.

Under the potential four-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite/quantity contracts, the companies will compete for task orders to provide the branch consolidated single channel handheld radios.

Details of the multiple award contract include:

  • Harris won $397, 451, 848, will compete for $712, 796, 588
  • Thales won $368, 724, 343, will compete for $644, 327, 813

Both contracts have two base years and two one-year options.

The Navy wants the Type 1-certified, software-defined, handheld radios to have multiple radio variants, waveforms, ancillaries and accessories for several types of operational missions.

Harris will perform work in Rochester, N.Y. and Thales will perform work in Clarksburg, Md., with the Pentagon expecting all work to finish by Sept. 9, 2014.

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego is the contracting activity.

Both companies also hold positions on a $390 million contract to provide U.S. Southern Command handheld and backpack tactical radio systems, which will have encryption chips for secret communications.

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