Brings Total Number of Radios Ordered to 6,000
Thales has received a third US Army order for its AN/PRC-148D Improved Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (IMBITR), the company announced on 27 January.
Under the Army Leader Radio programme, this latest award brings total IMBITR radio orders to more than 6,000. Thales has provided the IMBITR to multiple operationally-deployed units to generate valuable user feedback for testing and risk reduction, prior to the Army’s formal Operational Test and Evaluation in January 2021. Feedback to date has been highly positive, affirming IMBITR’s ability to provide cutting-edge tactical communications for mounted or dismounted troops.
Today, the IMBITR offers an extended range of operational waveforms and features, such as beyond-line-of-site satcom, integrated waveform satcom and enhanced frequency-hopping modes. The Thales IMBITR Vehicular Amplifier Adapter currently exceeds all threshold and objective range requirements, with the potential to provide manoeuvre force commanders greater voice and data communications ranges. The AN/PRC-148D further incorporates additional secret and below security to the wideband side, providing commanders with increased flexibility for an ever-changing environment and ensuring a modern, highly resilient tactical network.
IMBITR is the first two-channel handheld radio providing soldiers with critical narrowband, tactical communications capabilities, along with a second wideband channel providing a WREN-TSM mobile, ad hoc networking (MANET) waveform. Together, these capabilities provide assured, simultaneous networked voice, data and video communications for improved situational awareness and real-time decision-making. Currently, 4,800 IMBITR are operationally deployed, supporting Security Force Assistance Brigade and Infantry Brigade Combat Team/STRYKER Brigade Combat Teams.