L3Harris Technologies has been awarded a contract to supply its Falcon IV family of manpack and handheld radios for the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The ten-year, single-award infinite-delivery, infinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is valued at $750m.

The firm-fixed-price contract was competitively procured by the company. It covers purchase of multi-channel handheld (MCHH) and vehicular radio systems.

Under the contract, the scope of work includes provision for MCHH radios, MCHH-vehicle installation kits (VIKs) comprising amplifier, antennas, and mounts; and MCHH accessories.

The VIK will be used to deploy the MCHH into a high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle and joint light tactical vehicle.

As per a National Security Agency (NSA) mandate, legacy handheld systems that are not compliant with cryptographic modernisation standards are required to be replaced by 2024.

The L3Harris Falcon IV AN/PRC-163 MCHH radios are software defined and designed to provide secure and resilient communications capabilities.

The radios are already deployed with the US Army, the US Special Operations Command, the US Air Force, and several allies.

L3Harris Tactical Communications president Chris Aebli said: “This latest award extends our long and successful partnership with the Marines. We are committed to delivering and supporting battle-proven radios that provide secure and resilient communications to meet their unique mission needs.

“Our leadership in software-defined communications architecture enables L3Harris to deliver enduring value while consistently meeting rigorous requirements for performance, size, weight and power, and security, including the NSA crypto-modernization standards.”

Work under the contract will be carried out at Rochester, New York, US. It is expected to complete by January 2032.