CLARKSBURG, Md., 30 Oct. 2007.Thales Communications Inc. announces two awards for its AN/PRC-148 JTRS handheld radio by the Joint Program Executive Office Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) under the Consolidated, Interim, Single-channel, Handheld Radio (CISCHR) contract. These delivery orders will field nearly 40,000 AN/PRC-148 JTRS Enhanced MBITRs (JEMs), in addition to ancillaries, with an aggregate total contract value exceeding $128 million.
The most recent JPEO award was on behalf of the U.S. Army and was the first delivery order for the U.S. Army under the CISCHR contract.
Thales' AN/PRC-148 JEM (JTRS Enhanced Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio) is a Software Communications Architecture-compliant platform that supports key waveforms and offers compatibility with critical JTRS waveforms of the future.
The AN/PRC-148's programmable cryptography meets the requirements of the National Security Agency's crypto modernization program and is certified to protect the confidentiality of voice and data up through the Top Secret level.
The only JTRS handheld radio to be designed, developed, and manufactured under a U.S. Department of Defense program of record, the AN/PRC-148 JEM has been tested, evaluated, and validated by the U.S. Government.
The AN/PRC-148, as well as ancillary equipment such as the dual radio AN/VRC-111 Vehicle Adapter Amplifier, is available to all U.S. military services under JTRS CISCHR Contract Number N66001-7-D-0107.