Report: Army to Launch $1B in Radio Competitions

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The U.S. Army will start accepting proposals in July for two contracts worth up to $1.4 billion combined, covering two types of battlefield radios, DoD Buzz reports.

Brendan McGarry writes General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) currently supplies both Rifleman radios and Manpack radios to the Army.

Potential competitors for the upcoming contracts will include Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) and ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS), according to the report.

Harris also supplies radios to the Army under a $500 million contract modification awarded in February.

Citing a source document, McGarry writes the Army will allocate up to $750 million on the single-channel Rifleman radio, designed to be compatible with smartphones.

Another $700 million will go for the two-channel Manpack radio, designed for a soldier’s rucksack, according to the report.

McGarry writes the Army plans to spend about $3.8 billion in 2013 on communications equipment.

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