Army contracts for EPLRS-XF radio tech

April 20, 2009 at 2:20 PM

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., April 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted Raytheon for the delivery of radio technologies that support mission-critical communications in combat environments.

U.S. company Raytheon was contracted by the Army for its Enhanced Position Location Reporting System Extended Frequency radio technologies. Under the $12.5 million deal, Raytheon will deliver its EPLRS-XF systems, designed to support communication in congested combat situations.

Officials said the EPLRS-XF radios provide soldiers with a communications system that is interoperable with Internet protocol-based technology and that has extended radio-frequency range, among other next-generation capabilities.

"The EPLRS-XF radio gives the war fighter high-speed, on-the-move video and data exchange capabilities for a broad range of applications," Jerry Powlen, Raytheon Network Centric Systems Integrated Communications Systems vice president, said in a statement.

"We continue to evolve EPLRS and our networked communications capabilities to deliver the most advanced solutions to our troops."

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