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US Air Force contracts for AN/PRC-161 radios

18th December 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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ViaSat has received a $93 million IDIQ contract from the US Air Force for AN/PRC-161 radios, the US Department of Defense announced on 16 December.

The contract covers the provision of AN/PRC-161 Handheld Link 16 radios, ancillaries and associated training to special warfare operators.

The AN/PRC-161 radio fuses air and ground situational awareness in a handheld Link 16 radio. It delivers real-time Link 16 communications to dismounted ground forces at the tactical edge. The radio can be used vest-worn, handheld or mounted, bringing full Link 16 network access to special operations and expeditionary forces, including Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, Forward Air Controllers and Tactical Air Control Party.

Work is expected to be complete in December 2023.

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