Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Army orders another 13,000 JTRS HMS Rifleman radios


August 20, 2012

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. U.S. Army officials ordered another 13,000 Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) AN/PRC-154 Rifleman radios as well as accessory kits from General Dynamics C4 Systems for about $53.9 million. This is the Army?s second order of PRC-154 Rifleman radios, bringing the total to more than 19,000.

The two-channel AN/PRC-155 Manpack networking radios JTRS HMS PRC-154 Rifleman radios are planned to be part of the Army’s Capability Set 13, which is to be delivered to Infantry Brigade Combat Teams starting in this fall. This set deploys a package of network components and associated equipment as well as software to soldiers, enabling networked voice and data capabilities at the tactical edge, even while units are mobile on the battlefield.

The PRC-154 Rifleman radio enables warfighters to have mobile voice, video and data communications capabilities that are similar to those available via commercial cellular networks. The two-channel PRC-155 Manpack radio is the only JTRS radio that has demonstrated all three government waveforms: the Wideband Networking Waveform, the Soldier Radio Waveform, and the Mobile User Objective System satellite-communications waveform. PRC-155 Manpack is also interoperable with legacy waveforms such as SINCGARS.

General Dynamics and Thales Communications will produce the Rifleman radios. For more information on the JTRS HMS program, visit


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