L3Harris has begun low-rate initial production (LRIP) deliveries of the AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld combat radio to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), with company officials anticipating deliveries of full production models to begin within months.
“We have delivered a number of [LRIP] units there and we are about to transition into full rate production, after successful testing” of the LRIP units, Dana Mehnert, president of communication systems at L3Harris, said. The company is the sole source provider to USSOCOM for the two-channel handheld radio. He declined to comment on the specific number of LRIP radios delivered to command officials. “It is a significant number,” Mehnert told Jane’s on 14 October.
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