SCHUMER: HARRIS CORP WINS $765 MILLION RADIO CONTRACT FROM NAVY; SENATOR SAYS U.S. NAVY RECOGNIZES ROCHESTER COMPANY PROVIDES THE MOST DURABLE, DEPENDABLE AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY
Schumer: This Is A Win-Win For Our Sailors, Harris, And the Rochester Economy
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced today that Harris Corp., in Rochester New York, received an extension on its deal with the U.S. Navy. Specifically, Harris will receive a $765,000,000 Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract award to continue to supply radios to the Navy for the next 5 years.
“This well-earned extension will support jobs at Harris, in addition to boosting the entire Rochester-area economy. Harris has proved time and time again that they can make superior radios for the U.S. military and our allies around the world,” said Senator Schumer. “Their radios demonstrate again and again an effectiveness that provides our soldiers with some of the best radio technology for the toughest missions around the world.”
Schumer has long fought to keep Harris Corp. and its local subsidiary in Rochester. In a recent meeting with the nominee to be the, Secretary of the Army, Schumer urged him to continue the Army’s support of Harris Corp. In August, Schumer announced a $12 million contract with the United States Army. 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.
In June, Schumer announced that Harris was awarded a contract worth $255 million through the U.S. Special Operations Command: The contract would be used to manufacture two-channel manpack radios for the Special Operations Forces Units and for foreign partners. Schumer visited Rochester in March 2016 to announce a major push to secure new federal investment opportunities. In addition, in June of 2016, Schumer announced that Harris had received a $1.7 billion contract to manufacture radios from Harris’s RE-7800 family of tactical radios. In 2015, Schumer helped Harris bring a new SINCGARS Radio Manufacturing Line to Rochester. The “SINCGARS” manufacturing line was officially installed at the Jefferson Road facility in Rochester in 2016.
Harris moved this line to Rochester with the support of Schumer and local lawmakers after Harris’ 2015 acquisition of Exelis.
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