U.S. Army orders additional HMS Manpack radios from Harris

MELBOURNE, Fla. Harris Corp. has obtained a second low-rate initial production (LRIP) order from the U.S. Army under the HMS (Handheld, Manpack & Small Form-Fit) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract to deliver additional AN/PRC-158 multi-channel radios to the battlefield.

According to information from Harris, its AN/PRC-158 radio features a two-channel, software-defined architecture with integrated cross-banding between waveforms, including TSM, SRW, SINCGARS, SATCOM, and others, while maintaining backward interoperability with legacy radios. The radio can simultaneously handle both classified and unclassified data.

The ID/IQ contract includes a five-year base and an additional five-year option with a ceiling of $12.7 billion; the Army expects that it will buy approximately 65,000 HMS Manpack radios under the ID/IQ.