US State Department clears sale of UHF SATCOM radio systems to NATO Communications and Information Agency
The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) of UHF SATCOM Radio Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $65 million. On February 5, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
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L3Harris’ AN/PRC-158 Multi-channel Manpack Radio. (Picture source: L3Harris)
The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) has requested to buy 517 AN/PRC-158 Manpack UHF SATCOM radio systems. Also included are crypto fill devices, man-portable ancillaries, vehicular ancillaries, deployed Headquarter ancillaries, power support, and operator and maintenance training, and other related elements of program, technical and logistics support. The total estimated program cost is $65 million.
This proposed sale will ensure NATO warfighters have access to the latest C3I systems and technologies, and will be interoperable with U.S. forces. An updated UHF TACSAT radios in the hands of NATO allies and partners will offer significant C3I capabilities at all echelons, from the operational level down to the lowest small unit tactical formation.
The prime contractor will be Collins Aerospace, Cedar Rapids, IA. Implementation of this proposed sale will require one or two contractor representatives to travel to the specified NATO country to conduct the Operator and Maintenance OCONUS for a period of two months.