U.S. Army leaders needed body-worn secure radios to support a battlefield situational awareness initiative called Nett Warrior. They found their solution from Thales Communications Inc. in Clarksburg, Md., and General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Army has announced a low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract to Thales and General Dynamics for the Nett Warrior Radio, which gives soldiers access to the government's classified networks at the secret or sensitive-but-unclassified levels.
The award is for 2,052 Nett Warrior radios and associated ancillaries. Half of the radios will be produced by General Dynamics, and half will be produced by Thales Communications. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this quarter. The order is worth as much as $11 million, according to a General Dynamics announcement.
The radio is a lightweight, body-worn unit that transmits voice and data simultaneously with the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW)-a software-defined radio application administered by the U.S. military Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program that facilitates mobile ad-hoc networking.
The Nett Warrior Radio with the Soldier Radio Waveform application enables self-forming, ad-hoc, voice and data battlefield networks to help any leader at the tactical level track the positions of individual soldier.
The Nett Warrior Radio was developed together by Thales and General Dynamics under the Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit (HMS) program, primed by General Dynamics.
Thales designs and integrates radio solutions for a broad range of platforms, including armored vehicles, dismounted infantry, helicopters, aircraft, and naval vessels.
General Dynamics C4 Systems specializes in command and control, communications networking, rugged computing, information assurance and cyber defense.