Four Channel Configuration: Dual SideHats and SINCGARS RT-1523s. (VAA Mount Exelis image)
Exelis has been awarded a five-year contract, with a maximum value of $988 million, to provide radio appliqués capable of running the Army's Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW).
The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract includes five one-year option periods. Exelis will initially offer SideHat, a radio specifically developed for vehicles, said an Exelis news release. Exelis designed SideHat to easily integrate with SINCGARS[Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems] vehicle radios.
"SINCGARS with SideHat and SRW provides a system solution with up to four-channels (2 SRW and 2 VHF)," said Exelis.
“The SRW Appliqué will provide the U.S. Army with a cost effective means to add a robust waveform for battlefield communications,” said Nick Bobay, president of Exelis's Night Vision and Communications Solutions division. “As the developer of SRW and the manufacturer of an installed base of nearly 600,000 Army radios, we have the capability to deliver both the performance and value expected from fielding the SRW Appliqué.”