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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Army Aviation Boosts Raytheon MARS Buy

By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief

The U.S. Army Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has just placed a $13-million award to Raytheon for additional multi-mode airborne radio sets (MARS) that will support both conventional and special operations aviation missions.

According to Raytheon, the U.S. Army has standardized on the ARC-231 satellite communications system across its aviation platforms, thereby providing for air-to-air, over-the-horizon, and air-to-ground coverage for its helicopter assets. It brings Type 1 National Security Agency-certified encryption. 

The additional order under the MARS Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract means that Raytheon has supplied 5,600 radio sets at the value of more than $370 million.

Related: Procurement News

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