General Dynamics receives new US Army manpack radio order
General Dynamics C4 Systems has announced that it has been awarded an additional production order by the US Army for the Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) AN/PRC-155 Manpack radio. The $306 million contract calls for 3,726 units as part of the army’s Set 13 networking and communications gear deploying with brigade combat teams next year.
General Dynamics said it began production of the two-channel PRC-155 radios, along with vehicle integration kits and related accessories in anticipation of this new production order and started deliveries to the army in November.
The two-channel PRC-155 Manpack radio has also been certified by the National Security Agency to communicate classified voice and data at the Top Secret level and below. The certification makes the radio the only secure, two-channel networking radio to communicate data across the entire force structure between battalion headquarters and soldiers on foot and in vehicles.
The US Army first purchased 100 AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios from General Dynamics in July 2011. The two-channel Manpack radio provides line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight, high-bandwidth waveforms for on-the-move voice, sensor, data and position-location capabilities on soldiers or in vehicles. The Manpack radio is the first tactical radio capable of supporting all three of the army's non-proprietary networking waveforms and is engineered to easily port additional waveforms as they become available.
Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems, said: ‘With the game-changing PRC-155 networking radio, soldiers can be confident they will have access to lifesaving voice and data communications. The AN/PRC-155 Manpack is the most rigorously tested radio in the army's arsenal. This order, along with the 19,000 AN/PRC-154 Rifleman radios already under contract, moves the Army one step closer to achieving its brigade modernization strategy.’
Chris Brady, vice president of Assured Communications for General Dynamics C4 Systems, added: ‘The two-channel PRC-155 completes the army's tactical network by connecting upper to lower tiers, legacy to future waveforms and terrestrial to over-the-horizon links. All of this is accomplished in a single breakthrough radio that weighs 33 percent less than two legacy, one-channel radios, reducing the soldier's burden.’
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