General Dynamics will provide the Army 13,000 networking radios and accessory kits for the U.S. Army, bringing the government’s total purchase to 19,000, the company announced Tuesday.
The company’s C4 systems unit received a $53.9 million order for the AN/PRC-154 Rifleman radios under the Joint Tactical Radio System program.
The company is also providing AN/PRC-155 Manpack networking radios to the Army, set to be delivered to infantry brigade combat teams beginning in October 2012.
Commanders will use the two-channel Manpack to speak with their team on one channel and exchange information with higher headquarters through the second channel, said Chris Marzilli, president of the C4 systems unit.
The Army plans to integrate both radios into its Capability Set 13 program, intended to provide soldiers new network components, software and other related equipment for voice and data communications.
Manpack radios are interoperable with legacy waveforms and contain new waveforms such as the Soldier Radio, Wideband Networking and the Mobile User Objective System satellite communications waveforms, the company said.
Rifleman radios are designed to give soldiers the same technology used in commercial cellular networks, the company said.
In December, the C4 unit completed a $100 million Federal Aviation Administration contract for air traffic control radios.