U.S. Army Awards Thales Contract for Tactical Radios
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | Comments

Thales has been awarded its third delivery order from the U.S. Army to provide the AN/PRC-148D Improved Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (IMBITR).

Under the Army Leader Radio program and in support of capability set fieldings into the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), this latest award brings total IMBITR radio orders to more than 6,000.

In collaboration with the U.S. Army and under previous fieldings, Thales provided the IMBITR to multiple operationally deployed units to generate important soldier feedback for testing and risk reduction prior to the U.S. Army’s formal Operational Test and Evaluation in January 2021. Important capability feedback from soldier touch points, both as a stand-alone radio as well as a device integrated into the ITN architecture, was highly positive, affirming IMBITR’s ability to provide cutting-edge tactical communications for mounted or dismounted soldiers.

The IMBITR offers an extended range of operational waveforms and features such as beyond-line-of-site (BLOS) satellite communications (SATCOM), integrated waveform SATCOM and enhanced frequency hopping modes. The Thales IMBITR vehicular amplifier adapter for mounted vehicular platforms currently exceeds all threshold and objective range requirements with the potential to provide maneuver commanders greater voice and data communications ranges. The AN/PRC-148D, further incorporates additional secret and below security to the wideband side providing commanders increased flexibility for an everchanging environment and ensuring a modern, highly resilient tactical network.

IMBITR is a two-channel handheld radio providing soldiers with critical narrowband, tactical communications capabilities along with a second wideband channel providing world-class WREN-TSM mobile, ad hoc networking waveform. Together, these capabilities provide assured, simultaneous networked voice, data and video communications for improved situational awareness and real-time decision-making.

“Thales is pleased to be a continued key contributor to the Army’s Leader Radio Program and fieldings in support of the Integrated Tactical Network,” Thales Defense and Security CEO Mike Sheehan. “With the new Thales AN/PRC-148D IMBITR radio, soldiers will experience continued benefits from a decisive tactical advantage that comes with using the most capable radio on the market.”

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