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Manpack and Leader enter full-rate production

4th October 2021 - 16:00 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland

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Leader Radio replaced the earlier Rifleman Radio acquisition after the Army decided on a two-channel solution. (Photo: L3Harris)

Following a long process of development, acquisition and trials the US Army is proceeding with full-rate production of its new two-channel software-defined radios that will fully integrate frontline units into the Integrated Tactical Network.

The US Army has awarded Full Rate Production (FRP) contracts for its Manpack and Leader Radio tactical data radios.

The Program Executive Office (PEO) C3T, which is managing the procurement effort, announced that the FRP award follows two years of operational experimentation with the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division.

This culminated in an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) at Fort Bragg in January 2021 that helped to confirm a decision to proceed with the FRP decision, which was announced on 24 September.

The Manpack radio contract is a firm-fixed-price (FFP) delivery order worth a total

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