More JTRS HMS Rifleman radios for US Army
General Dynamics C4 Systems has announced that it has received a new order from the US Army for an additional 13,000 Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) AN/PRC-154 Rifleman radios and accessory kits. The order, worth $53.9 million, was announced 14 August 2012.
This latest order beings the number of radios ordered by the US government to more than 19,000. According to GDC4S, both the JTRS HMS PRC-154 Rifleman and two-channel AN/PRC-155 Manpack networking radios are planned for inclusion in the army's Capability Set 13, which is to be delivered to Infantry Brigade Combat Teams beginning in October 2012. This aims to deliver a package of network components, associated equipment and software to soldiers, enabling networked voice and data capabilities to reach the tactical edge, even while units are moving across the battlefield.
The PRC-154 Rifleman radio enables soldiers on the battlefield to have mobile voice, video and data communications capabilities similar to those available through commercial cellular networks. The two-channel PRC-155 Manpack radio is the only JTRS radio to successfully demonstrate all three transformational government waveforms: the Soldier Radio Waveform, the Wideband Networking Waveform and the Mobile User Objective System satellite-communications waveform. It is also interoperable with legacy waveforms including SINCGARS. According to GDC4S, these capabilities ‘will keep the two-channel PRC-155 Manpack radio relevant for decades to come’.
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