The US Army has placed its eighth order with Collins Aerospace (a Raytheon Technologies company) for AN/PRC-162 radios for the Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) programme, the company announced on 27 April. The order was placed under a multiple award contract awarded to Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aerospace) and two other companies in 2016, with a ceiling value of $12.7 billion (€11.7 billion) and an ordering period ending March 2026.

The AN/PRC-162 brings better performance to the battlefield in both dismounted and vehicle-mounted solutions, with or without two available 50W external high-power amplifiers. The optional compact vehicle mounting kit can be retrofitted in the field in less than a day, providing lower life-cycle costs and increased flexibility of deployment. It features two independent channels across all frequencies for seamless voice, data, route and retransmission functionality. As a fully software-defined communications solution, the AN/PRC-162 will allow the Army to maintain interoperability with legacy waveforms such as the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), while leveraging state-of-art waveforms such as Trellisware's TSM and the Warrior Robust Enhanced Network (WREN). Additionally, the radio will include upgraded tactical satellite communications through implementation of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).

Our ground radio gives warfighters access to the most advanced networked communication technology available, ultimately leading to improved situational awareness and mission success,” explained Ryan Bunge, Vice President and General Manager, Communication, Navigation and Guidance Solutions for Collins Aerospace. “We’ve delivered superior communications capabilities with our airborne radios for decades, and we’ve leveraged that expertise to provide a complete, interoperable solution for both ground and air assets at the lowest life cycle cost.”

The AN/PRC-162 is a part of the Collins Aerospace TruNet family of networked communications products, which includes ground and airborne radios, advanced networking waveforms and applications, plus support and services.

An optional vehicle mounting kit for the AN/PRC-162 ground radio supports field retrofits in less than a day. (Photo: Collins Aerospace)

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