Radio modernization for U.S Army continues under Collins Aerospace contractNews
April 27, 2020
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. Collins Aerospace Systems (a Raytheon Technologies unit) has received its eighth delivery order from the U.S. Army to provide AN/PRC-162 ground radios for the Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) program.
The latest order is occurring under the terms of a multiple-award contract that the Army awarded to Rockwell Collins, now Collins Aerospace, and two other companies in 2016; the contract has a ceiling amount of $12.7 billion, with the order period ending March 2026.
According to Collins Aerospace information, the AN/PRC-162 features two independent channels across all frequencies for seamless voice, data, route, and retransmission functionality and enables the military user to maintain interoperability with legacy waveforms such as Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) while leveraging state-of-art waveforms such as Trellisware's TSM waveform and Warrior Robust Enhanced Network (WREN).
The updated radios also include upgraded tactical satellite communications through implementation of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).