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December 03, 2012

US Army Awarded General Dynamics Additional Production Order Valued Near $306M

By Deepika Mala, TMCnet Contributor

General Dynamics (News - Alert) C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, recently won an additional production order worth $306 million, to supply 3,726 Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios to the U.S. Army.

"With the game-changing PRC-155 networking radio, soldiers can be confident they will have access to lifesaving voice and data communications," Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems (News - Alert), said in a statement. "The AN/PRC-155 Manpack is the most rigorously tested radio in the Army's arsenal. This order, along with the 19,000 AN/PRC-154 Rifleman radios already under contract, moves the Army one step closer to achieving its brigade modernization strategy."

General Dynamics’ two-channel PRC-155 radios, along with vehicle integration kits and related accessories, are part of the Army's Capability Set 13 networking and communications gear deploying with brigade combat teams next year. The radios complete the Army's tactical network by connecting upper to lower tiers, legacy to future waveforms and terrestrial to over-the-horizon links.

The radio weighs 33 percent less than two legacy, one-channel radios, which helps further reduce the soldier's burden. In July 2011, the U.S. Army bought 100 AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios from General Dynamics.

 The radios offer 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.

Officials said the two-channel PRC-155 Manpack radio has been certified by the National Security Agency to communicate classified voice and data at the Top Secret level and below. 

In related TMC (News - Alert) news, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, a manufacturer of armored weapon systems and electronic products, has received a C$133.5-million contract modification from the Government of Canada to upgrade an additional 66 LAV III vehicles.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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