General Dynamics wins government contract to upgrade military radios

General Dynamics has been awarded a three-year, $122-million contract to upgrade the Canadian Forces’ Combat Net Radios, the company announced Friday.

The 23-year-old radios will get upgrades to allow for simultaneous operation of voice, messaging and positional awareness reporting, something not possible right now.

The work will increase the throughput and speed of data transmission, bringing it on par with newer military radios.

“The enhanced capabilities will maintain the viability of the Combat Net Radio for another decade and allow soldiers to operate on a modern battlefield with safety and awareness of what is going on around them,” David Ibbetson, vice-president, General Dynamics C4 Systems International, said in a statement.

The work will be done in Ottawa, Cornwall and Calgary by 150 employees from General Dynamics, Rockwell Collins Canada, SigmaPoint Technologies and SED Systems. Upgrades will be completed for 11,000 radios and 6,800 vehicle interface units.

Initial delivery is scheduled for May of next year, continuing through to 2017.