The Army has awarded its first two contracts for Soldier Radio Waveform Appliqué radios: one to General Dynamics C4 Systems for 287 sensitive-but-unclassified SRW Appliqué systems, and another to Harris for 119 Secret SRW Appliqué systems. The Army expects to purchase as many as 5,000 of these radios from a variety of manufacturers.
SRW Appliqué is a single-channel, vehicle-mounted radio running SRW that can be retrofit into the same space as the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System, known as SINCGARS. The Army intends to integrate the SRW Appliqué radios with multiple vehicle platforms for fielding flexibility.
The radio program is considered a less-expensive solution to providing a link to voice and data for lower echelons down to the dismounted solution, while the Army pursues development of the Mid-tier Networking Vehicular Radio, a more-capable two-channel radio that will include SRW and the Wideband Networking Waveform.
The SRW Appliqué radios will connect dismounted soldiers to the brigade tactical operations center and interoperate with radio systems in the TOC that currently connect the brigade to the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, the satellite-based communications backbone of the Army tactical network. SRW Appliqué will also interact with the Rifleman Radio, which is carried by platoon-, squad- and team-level soldiers and also runs SRW.
These first contract awards were issued through the General Services Administration. In parallel to the GSA efforts, the Army is also preparing to award a larger competitive contract with a five-year base ordering period plus five one-year options.