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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Announces Contract of up to $255 Million for Harris Radios

June 15, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced that Harris Corporation has been awarded a contract of up to $255 million from the Department of Defense to provide its Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) “Manpack” radio system for the United States Special Operations Command. Slaughter fought relentlessly to change military acquisition policies and end no-bid military contracts so that innovative companies like Harris could compete and win.

“This major contract is a testament to the outstanding work being done every day by the thousands of Harris employees that call Rochester home. I demanded a level playing field and refused to take no for an answer until the military opened its radio procurement to competition. This enabled companies like Harris that delivered the best products and the best prices to compete and win. It is because of these efforts that Harris is receiving this award and our men and women in the military are getting the best radios,” said Slaughter.

Last year, Slaughter announced the Army’s selection of Harris as one of three suppliers for its 10-year $12.7 billion Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) “Manpack” radio contract. This followed the Army’s selection of Harris as one of two suppliers for the Army’s 10-year $3.8 billion JTRS “Rifleman” radio contract in April 2015. Slaughter gathered with Harris workers last year to celebrate these wins and announce a major push to secure additional federal investment opportunities.

Slaughter has worked for years to support Harris Corporation’s effort to bring jobs to Rochester. In April 2015, she successfully pushed the Army to re-open a competition to build a new radio system. Then, in May, 2015, Slaughter pushed Governor Cuomo to join her effort to support Harris in creating more than 100 jobs in Rochester. This followed Slaughter’s work, in 2014, to bring two top DOD procurement officials to tour the Harris facility. In December, 2013, Slaughter succeeded in pushing the US Army to reverse course and allow Harris Corp to compete for billions of dollars in contracts.