US Army Orders GD SRW-Applique to Increase Mobility and Communications Range for Soldiers
- The SRW-Applique turns the combat-proven HMS Rifleman radio into a cost-effective and adaptable network communication capability for vehicles.
General Dynamics C4 Systems is one of four companies selected to provide the U.S. Army with the Soldier Radio Waveform-Applique (SRW-A), a vehicle-mounted radio product. General Dynamics' SRW-Applique combines a secure AN/PRC-154A Rifleman radio with a 20-watt AN/PRC-155 Manpack radio power amplifier that mounts easily into Army vehicles. The General Dynamics product significantly increases the communications range for soldiers at the platoon level and below by securely connecting soldiers' voice and data communications to the Army's Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 and other radio systems used during a mission.
"The General Dynamics SRW-A, using the tested and combat-proven Rifleman radio, transforms a soldier's vehicle into a mobile network node," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. "It keeps fast-moving soldiers connected and communicating across wider distances and when it's time to leave the vehicle, they can take the radio with them without losing their network connection."
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The initial contract award of approximately $115,000 to each of the four companies will provide the Army with engineering and field service support needed to demonstrate the SRW-A capability during the upcoming Network Integration Evaluation 14.2. Orders for SRW-A products will be competed among the four companies with the products distributed to Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) as part of future Army Capability Sets.
Army Capability Set 13 was the first to provide soldiers with an integrated suite of network communications capabilities that included WIN-T Increment 2 and PRC-154 Rifleman radios, last year. Capability Set 14 that includes WIN-T Increment 2, the secure PRC-154A Rifleman and AN/PRC-155 two-channel Manpack radios, began distribution to Army BCTs earlier this year.
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