US: Exelis has won a five-year contract, with a maximum value of USD 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. Exelis designed SideHat to easily integrate with SINCGARS (Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems) vehicle radios.
“The SRW Appliqué will provide the US Army with a cost effective means to add a robust waveform for battlefield communications. 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,” said Nick Bobay, President of Exelis's Night Vision and Communications Solutions division. "SINCGARS with SideHat and SRW provides a system solution with up to four-channels (2 SRW and 2 VHF)," said a spokesperson from Exelis.