SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 30 Nov. 2012. The U.S. Army is buying 3,726 AN/PRC-155 manpack radios from manufacturer General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz., under terms of a $306 million order, announced today.
The two-channel PRC-155 handheld, manpack, small form fit (HMS) military radios and vehicle integration kits are part of the Army’s Capability Set 13 networking and communications equipment that will deploy with Army brigade combat teams next year, General Dynamics officials say.
The company has started building these radios in anticipation of this new production order, and started deliveries this month.
-- General Dynamics demonstrates MUOS-based SATCOM on JTRS HMS radio
-- U.S. Army orders 13,000 more JTRS HMS Rifleman radios
-- General Dynamics JTRS HMS Rifleman Radios complete formal operational testing.
The RF communications system provides line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight, high-bandwidth waveforms for on-the-move voice, sensor, data and position-location capabilities on soldiers or in vehicles.
The two-channel PRC-155 manpack radio is certified by the National Security Agency to communicate classified voice and data at the top secret level and below.
The Army first purchased 100 AN/PRC-155 manpack radios from General Dynamics in July 2011. The radio connects upper to lower tiers, legacy to future waveforms, and terrestrial to over-the-horizon links, says Chris Brady, vice president of assured communications for General Dynamics C4 Systems.
General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will manufacture the manpack radios; two qualified manufacturers ensures the radios remain cost-competitive, General Dynamics officials say.
For more information contact General Dynamics C4 Systems online at www.gdc4s.com.