A £90 million contract to improve land-based radio capabilities will enhance battlefield effectiveness whereas supporting over 200 jobs in Hampshire. Technical advances and upgrades will permit the radios to work throughout a spread of safety classifications, with the primary ones being delivered to the British Military earlier than the tip of the 12 months, forward of additional deliveries in 2023. Supporting a number of jobs within the UK provide chain, the contract will see the creation of 10 new jobs and the sustaining of 200 extra on the L3 Harris HQ in Farnborough, Hampshire. The brand new deal for 1,300 new Multi-Mode Radios (MMR), which has been awarded to L3 Harris Communications Programs, will see the transportable radios operated by foot troopers or these mounted on automobiles.

Defence Procurement Minister Alex Chalk mentioned: “It’s very important we equip our Armed Forces personnel with fashionable capabilities to keep up their operational effectiveness on an ever-changing battlefield. This contract boosts our interoperability with allies and is one more instance of British corporations and workers supporting British defence. The trendy radios will substitute legacy methods and enhance the supply of ground-to-ground and ground-to-air communications. They will even present our Armed Forces with elevated talents to function with allies and companions, boosting the communications capabilities of our deployed forces.


L3 Harris Communications Programs Multi-Mode Radios (MMR). (Photograph by UK MoD)

Colonel Elizabeth Mortimore mentioned: “The arrival of the following technology of the multi-mode radio functionality will provide vital enhancement to our Armed Forces throughout all three Providers by delivering world-leading command and communications functionality to the entrance line.”

Vice President and Managing Director L3Harris CS UK Keith Norton mentioned: “As lead consumer for this functionality for Defence, the British Military has labored with Defence Digital to acquire new MMR radios so as to add functionality to deployed forces. These will allow land forces to simply talk and interoperate with NATO and US allies as nicely offering an answer that may be simply tailor-made for every deployment.”

Greater than 1,300 fashionable Multi-Mode Radios (MMR) radios might be delivered to the Military, Royal Navy and Royal Air Power by way of a £90 million programme with the primary tranche in service by the tip of the 12 months. Their introduction into the MOD’s tactical networks will create expert jobs within the UK and supplies elevated interoperability with key allies and boosts the communications capabilities of our deployed forces. Extremely transportable and outfitted with highly effective batteries, they are often operated both by dismounted troopers or mounted on automobiles. The extremely succesful radios characteristic a spread of technical advances and upgrades permitting them to work throughout a spread of safety classifications.