L3Harris Technologies has received the first order on its multi-million dollar contract from the U.S. Army for the Small Tactical Optical Rifle-Mounted Micro Laser Rangefinder 2 (STORM 2).
L3Harris will deliver more than 1,100 combat-ready systems to the Army. This is the first production delivery order associated with the $215 million STORM 2 contract the company announced in 2019.
“STORM 2 represents a next-generation laser technology that enables the soldier to perform laser ranging and target hand-off operations in all battlefield conditions,” said Lynn Bollengier, President, Integrated Vision Solutions, L3Harris.
“Our STORM portfolio has been a staple of the U.S. Army’s laser rangefinding capabilities for more than 15 years and we are proud to continue delivering combat-ready systems that provide a tactical edge for our soldiers,” she added.
The company’s STORM 2 (photo) is the next advancement in rifle-mounted, multifunction laser systems that provide soldiers with heightened performance and enhanced visibility at extended range during field maneuvers, surveillance and engagement, while remaining undetected during dismounted and vehicle-mounted missions.
Furthermore, the U.S. Marine Corps has awarded L3Harris Technologies a five-year, $88 million ceiling, single-award IDIQ contract - with an initial delivery order of $21 million - for a small, lightweight satellite terminal that delivers extremely reliable high-bandwidth voice, video and data.
L3Harris will provide its Panther II Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) as part of the Marine Corps Wideband Satellite-Expeditionary (MCWS-X) program. The MCWS-X terminal consists of the 96cm Panther II VSAT in a tri-band configuration with multiple modular modems and power options.
A custom backpack is provided that allows any combination of band and modem to be carried in a lightweight single mission configuration.
“The L3Harris Panther II answers the Marine Corps’ need for an extremely capable, light weight, easily deployable satellite terminal that meets the demand for reliable high bandwidth voice, video and data,” said Chris Aebli, President, Global Communication Systems, L3Harris.
“Our leadership in designing and delivering innovative satellite terminal solutions, and continued investment in emerging technology, ensures our forces are always able to connect through the chaos with our family of SATCOM products,” he added.
The modular design of the Panther II allows the system to quickly adapt to varying missions. The operator can easily change modems, RF band, aperture size and acquisition method. To enable access to global service, the system is certified on a wide range of commercial and government satellite networks.
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains.
L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.