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Marines expand secure radio program

Posted by iNext - 2005-12-23

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Marine Corps will beef up its battlefield communications network through a significant expansion of a high-frequency radio procurement contract.

Harris Corp. said Wednesday (Dec. 21) the Marine Corps Systems Command has approved a more than $500 million expansion of a procurement program to supply high-frequency radios for tactical, secure and joint communications.

The procurement ceiling for a Marine contract awarded in March will be expanded to $586 million, and Harris said the first delivery of radios is valued at about $52 million.

Under terms of the contract, Harris' RF Communications Division (Rochester, N.Y.) will supply secure, high-frequency radios, manpacks and vehicles to the Marine Corps' active duty and reserve components.

The Harris radio is the only HF radio with embedded communications security certified to transmit classified data.

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