Military Embedded Systems

Leader radio program by Thales receives additional orders from U.S. Army


January 28, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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FRANCE. Thales has won its third delivery order from the U.S. Army to provide the AN/PRC-148D Improved Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (IMBITR). Under the Army Leader Radio program and in support of Capability Set fielding’s into the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), this latest award brings total IMBITR radio orders to more than 6,000.

In collaboration with the U.S. Army and under previous fielding’s, Thales provided the IMBITR to multiple operationally deployed units to generate Soldier feedback for testing and risk reduction prior to the U.S. Army’s formal Operational Test and Evaluation in January 2021. 

Thales claims that the IMBITR offers an extended range of operational waveforms and features such as Beyond-Line-Of-Site SATCOM, Integrated Waveform SATCOM, and enhanced frequency hopping modes. The AN/PRC-148D incorporates additional secret and below security to the wideband side, intended to provide Commanders increased flexibility to ensure a resilient tactical network.

According to the company, IMBITR is the first 2-channel handheld radio providing Soldiers with critical narrowband, tactical communications capabilities along with a second wideband channel providing WREN-TSM mobile, ad hoc networking waveform. 


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