The Australian Defence Force has awarded L3Harris Technologies contracts totalling US$233 million to deliver secure communications and advanced night vision goggle technology to support the country’s key modernisation initiatives.
L3Harris was awarded a three-year, US$115 million follow-on FFP contract under the Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) arrangements for the Australian Defence Force’s Delphic – Cryptographic Modernisation program. L3Harris will deliver tactical radios, waveforms and ancillaries that support emerging cryptographic modernisation standards.
The company also was awarded a US$118 million contract to provide advanced night vision goggle technology to enhance Army soldiers’ ability to locate and engage threats – improving their situational awareness, mobility and safety. The award follows L3Harris’ successful delivery of night vision technology for Tranche 1 of the Land 53 program in 2020.
L3Harris will deliver its Fused Night Vision System (FNVS), which incorporates the latest in night vision capabilities – fusing image intensification technology with thermal imagery to provide soldiers with enhanced situational awareness, targeting and identification capability in all battlefield conditions and light levels. When combined with the L3Harris battery pack, the FNVS delivers critical battlefield information directly to the soldier’s eye. Both contracts include full in-country support and repair capabilities in Australia.
“These key modernisation programs extend L3Harris’ long-term partnership with the Australian Defence Force, supporting mission needs for advanced secure communications and night vision capabilities, and will also leverage our expanded technical support capability in Australia,” said Dana Mehnert, president, Communication Systems, L3Harris.