Barrett Communications wins East African radio order


Barrett Communications has been awarded a contract to supply radios to an East African military, starting with its PRC-2090 Tactical HF manpack radios.

The company announced the “significant” contract on 16 August. “This is a new end user for Barrett Communications and we are pleased that many years of work in this country has resulted in this significant award,” said Greg O’Neill, Barrett Communications Managing Director.

The PRC-2090 Manpacks will be used for both voice and data, via Barrett’s CLOVER modems. In country configuration, operator and maintenance training will be provided to enable the customer to be fully self-supporting.

Barrett Communications will be exhibiting at African Aerospace and Defence (AAD) at Air Force Base Waterkloof outside Pretoria from 14 to 18 September, showcasing their range of tactical HF and VHF radio communications solutions in addition to the recently announced Barrett 4050 HF Software-Defined Radio (SDR).

Australia-based Barrett Communications makes commercial and tactical HF and VHF radios and has provided HF communications solutions for government, business, humanitarian and aid organisations around the world for the last 40 years. Its HF and VHF radios are adapted to different applications, from manpack to mobile vehicle to base station configurations.

Barrett Communications has done business in Africa before – for example in 2013 it was awarded a three year contract to supply up to 750 HF transceivers to one of East Africa’s largest police forces. The company has exhibited at defence shows such as Land Forces Africa and Africa Aerospace and Defence.