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General Dynamics Delivers Powerful Tactical Network and Radios for Army’s NIE 12.2 Exercise
NIE 12.2 tests WIN-T Increment 2 while more than 700 JTRS Manpack and Rifleman Radios connect brigade forces.WHITE SANDS, N.M.– In the largest deployment yet of the General Dynamics-developed JTRS HMS Manpack and Rifleman Radios and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) network, the U.S. Army is now conducting realistic operational evaluations of the next generation of high-speed communications equipment developed for ground forces. WIN-T Increment 2 and the JTRS Manpack and Rifleman radios form the baseline for the Army’s on-the-move tactical network. These two networking programs of record are completing operational testing at the Network Integration Exercise (NIE) 12.2 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., through the end of May.
JTRS HMS Manpack radio (AN/PRC-155) 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 PRC-155 two-channel networking manpack
radio is the first tactical radio capable of supporting all three non-proprietary
JTRS networking waveforms and is engineered to easily port additional JTRS
waveforms as they complete development. Nearly
five pounds-per-channel lighter and with twice the communications and
networking capabilities of some single-channel manpack radios, the PRC-155 is also
interoperable with radios that U.S. forces are currently using, including
interim radios that cannot meet the networking requirements of the future
The PRC-155 Manpack radio has been a part of all three NIE exercises and is the only Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) radio undergoing Multi-service Operational Test and Evaluation at NIE 12.2.
addition, over 700 JTRS HMS networking radios are deployed at NIE 12.2.More than 20 percent smaller than
current tactical handhelds, and with battery life of over ten hours, the PRC-154 Rifleman Radio is
the government-issued networking radio of choice for dismounted soldiers, and the
only SRW-capable radio proven in combat. When size, weight and power limits constrain
vehicle integration options in vehicles needing networked communications, the
Rifleman Radio also mounts to a ‘Sidewinder’ accessory that provides power
amplification and is compatible with standard military mounting trays and
vehicle intercom systems. The Sidewinder
accessory/Rifleman Radio combination, which premiered at the previous NIE 12.1 as
a system under evaluation, is also part of the NIE 12.2.
HMS Manpack and Rifleman Radios are the only tactical radios that have been ‘systems
under test’ at the NIE 12.2 events.This
means that detailed performance data, such as message completion rate, has been
gathered and analyzed by independent observers while soldiers stress the
system. This rigorous testing often reveals
operational issues that are not evident in field or laboratory evaluations,
which can then be addressed before products are deployed to the field,” said
Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. “HMS program radios are the only radios that have
already been evaluated and had their test findings addressed."
The HMS program mission is to develop and produce affordable networking tactical radio systems that meet the requirements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Special Operations Forces communities.A success story for the Army’s Agile Acquisition process, both the PRC-155 and PRC-154 radios are planned for deployment with the first integrated group of network technologies that will be fielded to Army Brigade Combat Teams, starting in the fall of 2012.
General Dynamics is also the prime contractor for the Army’s number one modernization priority, the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T). Undergoing initial operational testing at NIE 12.2, WIN-T Increment 2 extends the network for Brigade Combat Teams down to company level and provides on-the-move capabilities to commanders and staff at division through company levels.
For more information about JTRS HMS radios by General
Dynamics C4 Systems, please visit www.gdradios.com.
General Dynamics C4 Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). Information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.