Motorola to upgrade US Army comms network

Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Motorola to upgrade US Army comms network

A five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has been given to Motorola Solutions by the US Army.

Capped at $495 million, the contract will see Motorola Solutions update the army’s global mission-critical communications network. As part of the contract, Motorola Solutions will supply the army with land mobile radio (LMR) P25 subscriber unit radios, accessories, warranty and ancillary services to include installation, programming, training and maintenance.

Motorola Solutions is one of five vendors contracted to modernise the army’s communications, using the P25 standard to ensure interoperability between devices, enhance security and improve reliability of communications. The project reinforces Motorola Solutions’ commitment to the P25 wireless communications standard to create a more efficient critical communications platform on a global scale.

“The US Army’s continued investment in LMR demonstrates the essential role this technology plays in supporting reliable mission-critical communications to improve the safety and protection of people all over the world,” said Mark McNulty, Vice President and General Manager, US Federal Government Markets.

“The army sees LMR and the P25 standard as the best approach to create a system of interoperability across multiple technologies on a massive scale.”

Motorola Solutions’ P25 offerings integrate voice and data to provide features like group services, advanced text messaging, location awareness and push-to-talk. Radio verification and encryption provides enhanced security to prevent third parties from accessing conversations that include mission-critical and/or personal information.

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