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Army to Pick One Vendor for Rifleman Radio Buy

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The U.S. Army intends to select one vendor for its planned purchase of 193,279 Rifleman Radios when it awards a contract in fiscal year 2014, Nextgov reported Monday.

Bob Brewin writes the Army wants to hold a full-and-open pr0duction contract for the five-year Rifleman program and potential competitors could include General Dynamics,  Harris Corp. ITT Exelis and Thales.

General Dynamics and Thales have supplied 19,327 Rifleman Radios to the Army under low-rate initial production orders for the Joint Tactical Radio System, Brewin reports.

Industry sources told Nextgov the Rifleman Radio production contract could be worth multiples of $100 million.

The Army also plans to hold a follow-on competition for a next-generation radio within three-to-five years, according to Nextgov.

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