British soldiers to get enhanced communication capabilities with £90m Ministry of Defense radio order

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has signed a £90m contract for a range of new radios designed to improve military battlefield communications.

New agreement with L3 Harris Communications Systems for 1,300 new multimode radios (MMRs) will provide ground-to-ground and ground-to-air communications for deployed soldiers.

Technical advances and upgrades will allow the radios to operate in a wide range of security classifications, with the first ones delivered to the British Army later this year, with a view to further deliveries in 2023, the MoD said.

The MoD currently plans to spend £11.7bn over the next 10 years to upgrade or replace its digital systems to keep pace with potential adversaries.

He hopes the money will enable the seamless sharing and exploitation of data in military operations on land, air, sea, space and cyber.

The contract will lead to the creation of 10 new jobs and the retention of a further 200 at the L3 Harris headquarters in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Defense Procurement Minister Alex Chalk said: “It is vital to equip our armed forces personnel with modern capabilities to maintain their operational effectiveness on an ever-changing battlefield.

“This contract increases our interoperability with allies and is yet another example of British companies and employees supporting British defence.”

Modern radios will replace legacy systems and increase communication capabilities for ground and air troops and increase the ease of initiating operations with allies and partners

Colonel Elizabeth Mortimore said: “The arrival of the next generation of multimode radio capabilities will offer a significant enhancement to our armed forces across all three services, providing world-leading command and communications capabilities on the front lines.”

Keith Norton, Vice President of L3Harris CS UK, said: “As a primary user of this capability for defence, the British Army has partnered with Defense Digital to source new MMR radios to add capabilities to deployed forces. These will allow ground forces to easily communicate and interact with NATO and US allies, while also providing a solution that can be easily customized for each deployment.”

Researchers at Grenoble Alpes University have recently developed a device to quickly locate any object that is transmitting a radio signal, including cell phones, signal jammers or tracking tags.

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