CLARKSBURG, Md., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has given Thales Communications Inc. a second low-rate production order for AN/PRC-154 Rifleman radios.
Rifleman Radio is a lightweight, body-worn radio that transmits voice and data simultaneously using the Soldier Radio Waveform system. It brings secure Type 2 squad-level communications to the soldier.
The order is for 13,000 radios and associated equipment, which brings the total number of units ordered by the Army to 19,000.
The for AN/PRC-154 Rifleman radios radio system is part of the Army's Joint Tactical Radio System Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit HMS program and a key component in the Army's Capability Set 13 for network components, associated equipment, and software to deliver integrated voice and data capabilities to soldiers at the tactical edge.
General Dynamics C4 Systems is the prime contractor for the JTRS HMS program and Thales is responsible for producing 50 percent of all LRIP Rifleman radios.
"The Rifleman Radio has received a tremendously positive response from the soldiers (who tested it in Afghanistan)," said Michael Sheehan, president and chief executive officer of Thales Communications Inc.
"Thales is proud to play a role in the Army's brigade modernization program by arming our nation's warfighters with the smallest, lightest and most power-efficient equipment possible."