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L3Harris awarded military contracts

L3Harris awarded military contracts

Two of the L3Harris Technologies Inc. divisions based in Rochester have been tapped by the U.S. military to develop communications tools for land and air.

U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded L3Harris an initial $82 million full-rate production order for its new Falcon IV AN/PRC-167 multi-channel manpack radio that will provide Special Operations Forces with advanced communications capabilities. The radios will be produced in Rochester at L3Harris’ Communications Systems division.

Separately, L3Harris’ Space and Airborne Systems division will help the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) develop artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) systems to help reduce the amount of time it takes to decipher usable intelligence from increasing amounts of data collected from space and airborne assets.

L3Harris will research, develop and demonstrate an AI/ML interface using data science techniques under a new multimillion-dollar contract to support DOD applications.

“L3Harris’ work will allow the DOD to turn massive volumes of data into actionable intelligence,” said Space and Airborne Systems President Ed Zoiss. “The abundance of data collected by space and airborne assets is only increasing. The findings of this research will directly address the data processing challenges within the DOD and Intelligence Community.”

L3Harris will perform the Space and Airborne Systems work in Rochester, Melbourne, Fla., and Herndon, Va.

The Communication Systems order is part of a $255 million IDIQ contract awarded by USSOCOM under the Next Generation Tactical Communications program to deliver multi-channel manpack radios.

The multi-channel manpack and handheld radios are key elements of USSOCOM’s next-generation tactical communications. They provide complete DoD and coalition interoperability with the disruptive technology needed to enable mission success against current and future threats.

“SOF are constantly pushing boundaries to execute their missions with greater stealth and speed,” said Communication Systems President Dana Mehnert. “The AN/PRC-167 provides situational understanding between the tactical edge and command elements, allowing cognitive overmatch in any operational scenario.”

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