Thales to provide tactical radios to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on behalf of US and UK governments
Thales has received a contract to provide PRC-6809 multiband inter/intra team radios (MBITR) and TRC 3700 HF tactical radios to the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC). The project, funded by the US Department of State under project ‘AFRICAP', and supported by the UK Embassy, will contribute to stabilisation and security sector reform. The provision of these first radios being deployed in the country will enhance the command and control capabilities of the FARDC.
The purpose of the project is to provide tactical communications and training to the FARDC for a rapid reaction force made up of 12 battalions. The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will deploy the battalions nationally, focusing initially in the North and East of the country, in support of ongoing stabilisation projects.
Thales was selected for the first phase of the project by Protection Strategies Incorporated, a prime contractor to the US Department of State, and will provide equipment and a training package to a single FARDC battalion, being trained by the US government.
The tactical radios are proven to be robust and reliable in rigorous military operations and are capable of meeting and sustaining the communication requirements of the FARDC. The handheld PRC-6809 MBITR, part of the AN/PRC-148 family of tactical software-defined communications equipment, offers a wideband VHF and UHF solution, plugging into a manpack or vehicle adapter for enhanced capability. The TRC 3700 HF handheld tactical radio is able to securely transmit both voice and data over large distances to support command and control systems.
"Thales UK is proud to support the continuous development and stabilisation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo," says Victor Chavez, deputy Chief Executive of Thales UK. "Our tactical communications systems will offer cost-effective handheld radios to the Congolese Armed Forces and meet the needs of interoperability and communication in harsh environments."
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