L3Harris AN/PRC-163 Multi-channel Handheld Radio
L3Harris AN/PRC-163 Multi-channel Handheld Radio

L3 Technologies Awarded $750 Million Marine Corps Contract for Purchase of MCHH Radios

L3 Technologies Inc., Harris Defense Communication, Rochester, New York, is awarded a $750,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of multi-channel hand held (MCHH) radios. The work to be performed provides for MCHH radios, MCHH-vehicle installation kits (VIKs) and MCHH accessories. The MCHH-VIK consists of the amplifier, antennas, and mounts necessary to integrate the MCHH into a High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The MCHH will replace legacy handheld systems that do not meet the National Security Agency 2024 cryptographic modernization mandate. Work will be performed at Rochester, New York, with an expected completion date of January 2032. The maximum dollar value, including the base period and five option years, is $750,000,000. Fiscal 2022 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $1,125,500 are being obligated at time of award. Contract funds $1,125,500 will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was a competitively procured via the beta.sam.gov website with two offers solicited and two offers received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-22-D-2090).

The L3Harris AN/PRC-163 (formerly known as RF-335M-STC) Multi-channel Handheld Radio is a versatile, secure solution that provides simultaneous up-and-down echelon connectivity, crossbanding capability, and critical interoperability and redundancy in a small form factor. Overlapping UHF and SATCOM band availability in both channels offers flexibility for any combination of SATCOM, VHF/ UHF Line-Of-Sight, Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking (MANET) applications. As mission needs evolve, this software-defined handheld supports fast, in-field updates to new capabilities. External mission module interfaces also allow warfighters to quickly add options including
Full Motion Video. The next-generation AN/PRC-163 has improved SWaP compared to existing single-channel radios. Built off of L3Harris’ Multi-channel Denali® security architecture, it features TSM-X™ MANET for high-speed networking and seamless updates to future waveforms. It provides secure network connections to computing devices, including Android™ smartphones. Plus, its expansion module interface secures L3Harris and third-party solutions
that expand capabilities.

L3Harris AN/PRC-163 Multi-channel Handheld Radio
L3Harris AN/PRC-163 Multi-channel Handheld Radio

In addition to legacy SATCOM support, the radio incorporates MUOS-capable hardware and L-TAC® integration for providing an alternatives for Beyond Line of Sight communications on the move. Using an ISR Video Module, the AN/PRC-163 delivers integrated tactical radio and video receiving capability with superior thermal performance, and easy-to-use crossbanding. The AN/PRC-163 incorporates a familiar yet enhanced user interface, providing critical status information at a glance, and allowing access to basic functions without removing the radio from its holster. WebUI simplifies radio network management via Android™ and Windows® devices > Shared Common Operational Picture and mission effectiveness advanced through simultaneous, fully redundant, dualchannel voice, data and video
crossbanding. Multiple capabilities in a single, compact, dual-channel handheld optimize dismount and vehicular
missions. High-speed tactical MANETs expand real-time networking intel. Software-defined architecture allows warfighters to quickly update software when on the move. High Assurances architecture allows Multiple Independent
Levels of Security up to TOP SECRET.

L3Harris Technologies (L3Harris) is an American technology company, defense contractor, and information technology services provider that produces C6ISR systems and products, wireless equipment, tactical radios, avionics and electronic systems, night vision equipment, and both terrestrial and spaceborne antennas for use in the government, defense, and commercial sectors. They specialize in surveillance solutions, microwave weaponry, and electronic warfare. At the end of 2016, the company changed its name from L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. to L3 Technologies, Inc. to better reflect the company’s wider focus since its founding in 1997. In October 2018, Harris and L3 announced an all-stock “merger of equals”. The merger was completed on June 29, 2019, and the new company, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., is based in Melbourne, Florida, where Harris was headquartered. It was formed from the merger of L3 Technologies (formerly L-3 Communications) and Harris Corporation on June 29, 2019, and was expected to be the sixth-largest defense contractor in the United States.

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