Perth, Western Australia, June 19, 2015 - In January 2015, NVIS Communications LLC, the Barrett Communications North American system integrator, was awarded a $1.4 million dollar contract by the US Army Corps to provide 120 radio systems of various configurations to the Nepalese Army. This contract was to be for both High Frequency (HF) and Very High Frequency (VHF) equipment that would be utilized by the Nepal Army in Disaster Response and Recovery and was a gift from the US State Department to the Country of Nepal.
The contract award included Barrett PRC-2090 HF Tactical Manpacks, PRC-2091 HF Mobile Vehicle systems, PRC-2081 VHF Tactical Manpacks and PRC-2082 VHF Tactical Mobile Vehicle systems including accessories and a 10 day comprehensive training program. The delivery schedule was planned for the end of April 2015 with training to be conducted with the Nepalese Army in late summer 2015.
On the day this order was due to be shipped from Barrett Communications factory in Perth, Australia, a Magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal causing significant widespread damage.
On hearing of the earthquake, Mr. John Rosica, President of NVIS Communications LLC, contacted the US Army Corps to expedite the delivery into Nepal and to make arrangements to travel to Nepal to provide the 10 day training program so the equipment could be utilized straight away. This was coordinated with the Nepal Signals Directorate, the US Embassy in Nepal, the Barrett authorised Dealer in Nepal, Mr. Sivendra KC, Managing Director of Icchu Mati International Pvt Ltd and Mr. Rosica of NVIS Communications LLC.
The 10 day training program began on Monday 18th May, with the theory part of the training, and when the shipment arrived, two days later, they were able to complete the comprehensive “hands on” training, including field training.
“When we were awarded the contract we had no idea of just how relevant the award of this contract would be” explained Mr Rosica. “We are very pleased that we could assist on the ground in Nepal and are confident the Nepalese Signals Directorate are ready to put the equipment to use immediately.”
About Barrett Communications
Barrett Communications is the specialist designer and manufacturer of commercial and tactical HF and
VHF radio communication systems. The Company’s global distribution and customer support network
in over 65 countries allows it to provide both OTS and turnkey network solutions to meet their client’s
Since 1976 Barrett Communications has provided HF communications solutions for government, military, business, humanitarian and AID organizations around the world.
Additional information about Barrett Communications is available at www.barrettcommunications.com.au
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