Army chooses four companies to provide radios in SRW Appliqué Radio Systems program

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., April 10, 2014 Four U.S. military radio manufacturers will share nearly $ 1 billion in a program to add software-defined radio (SDR) network communications to the U.S. Army and Air Radio’s VRC-92 (SINCGARS).

Army Command officials at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Announced a $ 988 million contract Wednesday for Exelis (NYSE: XLS) in Fort Wayne, Indiana; General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Arizona; Thales Defense & Security Inc. in Clarksburg, Michigan; and Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) RF communications segment in Rochester, New York, for the SRW Appliqué Radio Systems program.

The awarding of W Appliqué Radio Systems was postponed for several months and was expected last summer.

This initiative will add the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) software application of the Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) program to the JTRS vehicle mounting systems and will transform the VRC-92 into single-channel, vehicle-mounted software defined by the Army Combat Team. brigade.

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Army personnel will purchase SRW Appliqué Radio Systems on separate orders from the four companies over the next five years, with five one-year options. Army officials say they plan to buy about 5,000 SRW Appliqué Radio Systems over the next 10 years.

This enhancement will add a data transmission module to SINCGARS radio to allow the updated VRC-92 communication systems to exchange voice and data between infantry using JTRS Rifleman Radio and higher-level commands in military tactical networks.

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Army leaders intend the SRW Appliqué Radio Systems program as an intermediate tactical communication solution, while the two-channel vehicle-mounted component of the JTRS Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) family of radios is not ready for deployment.

The SRW Appliqué Radio Systems program is considered a cheap alternative to the radio station. Each SRW Applique is expected to cost the military about $ 20,000, compared to $ 78,000 for a dual-channel digital package, officials say.

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Funding and the number of radio stations to be provided by each of the four performers of SRW radio systems will be determined with each order, and the program must be completed by April 2024.

For more information, contact Exelis online at; General Dynamics C4 Systems on; Harris RF Communications in; Thales’ defense and security; or the Army Command Command at the Aberdeen Range at