Army evaluating General Dynamics systems

May 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM
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WHITE SANDS, N.M., May 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army is conducting operational evaluations of high-speed communications equipment developed by General Dynamics C4 Systems.

The evaluations of the JTRS HMS Manpack and Rifleman Radios and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical network are taking place through the end of May at the Network Integration Exercise 12.2 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

"The HMS (handheld, manpack, small form fit) Manpack and Rifleman Radios are the only tactical radios that have been 'systems under test' at the NIE 12.2 events," said General Dynamics C4 President Chris Marzilli.

"This means that detailed performance data, such as message completion rate, has been gathered and analyzed by independent observers while soldiers stress the system.

"This rigorous testing often reveals operational issues that are not evident in field or laboratory evaluations, which can then be addressed before products are deployed to the field."

The AN/PRC-155 JTRS HMS Manpack radio provides line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight, high-bandwidth waveforms for on-the-move voice, sensor, data and position-location capabilities. It is nearly 5 pounds-per-channel lighter and with twice the communications and networking capabilities of some single-channel manpack radios, the company said. It is also interoperable with radios that U.S. forces are currently using.

The military's HMS program is to develop and produce affordable networking tactical radio systems that meet the requirements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Special Operations Forces.

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