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US Army orders HMS radios for testing

8th August 2017 - 08:08 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Rockwell Collins has received a follow-on contract from the US Army Program Executive Office C3T to produce 101 Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Factor (HMS) Manpack radios and ancillaries, the company announced on 3 August.

The previous contract, awarded last spring, qualified the company to compete for the ten-year, $12.7 billion HMS Manpack radio programme.

The contract award comes after customer testing that included the production and testing of the AN/PRC-162 two-channel, software-defined military communication radio, based on the company’s TruNet networked communications solution family of products. Part of the evaluation involved increasing network complexity and validating interoperability with various radio systems.

Harris Corporation will also supply the US Army with multi-channel Falcon III HMS Manpack radios to support the test events, the company announced on 3 August.

The Harris AN/PRC-158 multi-channel radio – both dismounted and mounted manpack configurations – is one of the three radios the army selected for evaluation during the field-based risk reduction and operational test. The order also includes vehicle installation kits, ancillaries, training and field service representative support. 

HMS Manpack radios will undergo field-based risk reduction testing next year. During this test, radio compliance with delayed threshold requirements and other performance attributes will be evaluated to down-select the competition to two vendors for full rate production.

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