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USSOCOM choppers to receive BLoS radios

8th December 2021 - 16:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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AN/PRC-160(V) radio. (Photo; L3Harris Technologies)

The AN/PRC-160(V) radio will be installed aboard MH-47 and MH-60 helicopters.

US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) MH-47 and MH-60 helicopters will feature the AN/PRC-160(V) wideband Type 1 HF manpack radio, under a new $45.84 million development contract for L3Harris Technologies.

The deal, announced by the DoD on 7 December but formally awarded on 8 December, includes $6.25 million in FY2021 procurement funds for aircraft interface backplane production and software modifications.

L3Harris describes the AN/PRC-160(V) as ‘the market’s only standalone solution for Beyond-Line-Of-Sight [BLoS] communications in the absence of satellite. This wideband system is also the world’s first and only HF manpack meeting all NSA [National Security Agency] crypto-modernisation standards’.

The software-designed architecture of the manpack radio allows encryption updates, while anti-spoofing GPS prevents false friendly force and target reporting.

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