New batch of PRC-155 Manpack radio deliveries commence
The US Army’s programme to acquire additional PRC-155 Manpack radios in support of fielding requirements is making good progress, with the first two systems delivered. The 1,500 two-channel radios, built by General Dynamics C4 Systems and Rockwell Collins, are on-track to be delivered by November 2014.
The order is part of a Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract issued in January 2014 that will bring the number of PRC-155 Manpack radios owned by the US Army to more than 5,300 units. The first LRIP contract for 100 AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios was awarded to General Dynamics in 2011; while the second LRIP contract, awarded in 2012, ordered 3,726 two-channel Manpack radios.
The two-channel PRC-155 Manpack radios, rigorously tested and evaluated as directed by the US Army, are designed to improve soldiers' and commanders' situational awareness for faster decision-making in response to changing mission conditions.
Chris Marzilli, president, General Dynamics C4 Systems, said: ‘We will continue to produce the PRC-155 Manpack radios, which provide soldiers with the most advanced and cyber-secure communications capability proven effective by soldiers and commanders in Afghanistan, as directed by the US Army.’
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