The U.S. Army on Monday issued a formal solicitation for a potential 10-year contract covering work to produce and deliver Rifleman Radio systems, Defense News reported Tuesday.
Joe Gould writes the military branch intends to select multiple tactical radio vendors and create a marketplace where contractors would compete for delivery orders.
“Our goal is to field radios that not only consistently improve their capabilities, but also get simpler for soldiers to operate.” Col. James Ross, an Army program manager, according to Defense News.
Gould reports the Rifleman Radio contract will have a five base period and five option years and the branch could name the awardees during fiscal 2015.
The Army will evaluate radio technologies in laboratory and operational tests and expects full-rate production to commence in fiscal 2017, according to Gould’s article.