Army spending as much as a new Ferrari costs on each new radio


The military-industrial complex is at it again- this time with Uncle Sam shelling out a whopping $12,725,724,536.00 on an estimated 65,000 radios.

According to a DoD contract form, the new Harris radios will cost $200,000 per set- nearly the cost of a 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB sports car. In 2011, an up-armored HMMWV cost $220,000. The average house in the United States costs $188,900.

Let that sink in.

According to Harris, the new Falcon III AN/PRC-158 Multi-channel Manpack (MCMP) is a “modular two-channel manpack radio that covers the full 30-2500 MHz frequency range in a form factor 30% smaller than similar products.”

The radio is capable of backward compatibility with older devices as well as advanced encryption capabilities.

The 12.7 billion dollar contract is set to last one decade and will benefit not only the Harris Corporation, but General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, oversees the contract.

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    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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