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NVIS Com­mu­ni­ca­tions LLC, the Bar­rett Com­mu­ni­ca­tions North Amer­i­can system in­te­gra­tor, won a $1.4-mil­lion con­tract FRP, the US Army Corps to pro­vide 120 radio sys­tems of var­i­ous con­fig­u­ra­tions to the Nepalese Army. This con­tract was to be for both high fre­quency (HF) and very high fre­quency (VHF) equip­ment that would be utilised by the Nepal Army in dis­as­ter re­sponse and re­cov­ery and was a gift from the US State De­part­ment to the Country of Nepal. The con­tract award in­cluded Bar­rett PRC-2090 HF Tac­ti­cal Man­packs, PRC2091 HF Mo­bile Ve­hi­cle sys­tems, PRC-2081 VHF Tac­ti­cal Man­packs and PRC-2082 VHF Tac­ti­cal Mo­bile Ve­hi­cle sys­tems, in­clud­ing ac­ces­sories and a 10-day com­pre­hen­sive train­ing pro­gramme. The de­liv­ery sched­ule was planned for the end of April 2015, with train­ing to be con­ducted with the Nepalese Army in late sum­mer 2015. On the day this or­der was due to be shipped from Bar­rett Com­mu­ni­ca­tions fac­tory in Perth, Australia, a mag­ni­tude 7.8 earth­quake hit Nepal caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant widespread dam­age. On hear­ing of the earth­quake, John Rosica, Pres­i­dent of NVIS Com­mu­ni­ca­tions LLC, con­tacted the US Army Corps to ex­pe­dite the de­liv­ery into Nepal and to make ar­range­ments to travel to Nepal to pro­vide the 10-day train­ing pro­gramme so the equip­ment could be utilised straight away. The 10-day train­ing pro­gramme be­gan on May 18, with the the­ory part of the train­ing, and when the ship­ment ar­rived, two days later, they were able to com­plete the com­pre­hen­sive ‘hands-on’ train­ing, in­clud­ing field in­struc­tion.

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