Rockwell Collins, one of two qualified manufacturers, has received a contract from General Dynamics C4 Systems to produce approximately half of 3,700 Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios recently ordered for the U.S. Army.
“The PRC-155 Manpack radio will provide soldiers with unparalleled situational awareness and connectivity that will lead to higher levels of mission success,” said Bob Haag, vice president and general manager of Communication and Navigation Products for Rockwell Collins. “We’re providing the latest software defined radio technology backed by more than 75 years of experience in bringing reliable, secure communications to the warfighter.”
The two-channel PRC-155 Manpack radio has also been certified by the National Security Agency to communicate classified voice and data at the Top Secret level and below. The radio is the only secure, two-channel networking radio certified for communication of data across the entire force structure from battalion headquarters to soldiers on foot and in vehicles.
The AN/PRC-155 radio 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 Manpack radio is the first tactical radio capable of supporting all three of the Army’s non-proprietary networking waveforms and is engineered to easily port additional waveforms as they become available.
General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins will manufacture the Manpack radios. Having two qualified manufacturers ensures the radios remain cost-competitive.
Source: Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL)
Date: Dec 3, 2012