SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $50 MILLION ORDER FOR L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES TO PRODUCE SOPHISTICATED, ENCRYPTED RADIOS FOR U.S. MARINE CORPS; SENATOR SAYS WORK WILL SUPPORT GOOD-PAYING JOBS FOR WORLD-CLASS ROCHESTER WORKFORCE
Schumer: Order Is A Win-Win-Win For Our Marines, L3Harris Technologies And The Rochester-Finger Lakes Economy
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that L3Harris Technologies in Rochester has been awarded a $50 million order to manufacture AN/PRC-160 HF Manpack radios for the U.S. Marine Corps. Schumer called the order a victory for the Rochester-Finger Lakes economy, as it will support good-paying manufacturing jobs in L3Harris Technologies’ world-class workforce.
‘This well-earned contract for L3Harris Technologies to produce radios for the Marines is a win-win-win, for our troops, L3Harris Technologies and for the Rochester-Finger Lakes Economy. L3Harris has proven time and time again that it manufacturers superior radios for our armed forces and this order confirms it,” said Senator Schumer. “You don’t need an L3Harris radio to hear loud and clear that this order is good news for Rochester. Their radios are durable, dependable and innovative, which means that they have a long useful life to support some of the toughest missions around the globe.”
The AN/PRC-160 HF is a cost-effective, wideband, manpack radio. The AN/PRC-160 HF is also equipped with the newest encryption technology with the ability to be further updated, to ensure that mission-sensitive information remains uncompromised.
Schumer has long fought to keep Harris Corp., L3Harris’ predecessor, and its local subsidiary in Rochester. In February, Schumer successfully secured over $312 million in federal funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to continue building the agency’s next flagship telescope, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), which is produced, in part, by Harris Corp in Rochester, supporting 160 good-paying jobs. In September of last year, Schumer announced that following his push with the Army for a fair and equitable procurement process, Harris Corp successfully competed and was named by the Army as one of two contractors for a new contract worth up to $3.9 billion to produce the Army’s new two-channel “Leader” radio. In a 2017 meeting with U.S. Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark Esper, Schumer urged him to continue the Army’s support of Harris Corp. In August of that year, Schumer announced a $12 million contract with the United States Army to produce 100 manpack radios. Additionally, Schumer has long advocated for Harris during the Congressional appropriations process and by pressing the Department of Defense to ensure producers like Harris have an even playing field to compete for the Joint Tactical Radio System contracts.
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