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May 25th, 2016

Heading Into US Army Evaluation Are General Dynamics Mission Systems Manpack Radios

General Dynamics Mission Systems has delivered 30 new two-channel Manpack networking radios to the U.S. Army for evaluation—these digital radios are the first to be delivered by General Dynamics under the Army's production contract that was awarded last March.

Spc. Adrian Quidachay, 25th Infantry Division, conducts data and chat communications using an AN/PRC-155 Manpack Radio by connecting to the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) communications network in Hawaii.

Photo is courtesy of the US Army.

The digital radios are based on the rigorously tested, evaluated and fielded AN/PRC-155 two-channel networking radios. The company has delivered more than 5,000 PRC-155 radios to the Army as part of a previous low-rate initial production order. The radios are the only fielded two-channel radios to successfully communicate using the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) communications network.

The AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radio demonstrated its ability to connect military personnel using the MUOS network at a joint Navy-Army operational test in November of 2015. In February of 2016, during an Army demonstration in Hawaii, soldiers used the AN/PRC-155 radio to reach the MUOS network allowing soldiers to talk, collaborate and maintain communications aboard Army vessels and in various land-based locations.

General Dynamics Mission Systems radio products deliver secure voice and data communications for U.S. and international military and government customers. General Dynamics' radios also provide long-term evolution (LTE) broadband communications for law enforcement, emergency first responders and others who need the ability to connect and communicate anywhere, anytime.

"The General Dynamics radios incorporate the secure, network communications capabilities of the AN/PRC-155 along with technology and functionality improvements suggested by soldiers who have used the PRC-155 in combat," said Paul Parent, vice president of Radio Products for General Dynamics Mission Systems.