The Army has released a draft request for proposals to order additional Rifleman radio systems.
The Army is looking to award a five-year, indefinite deliver/indefinite quantity contract to a single vendor in fiscal 2014. The AN/PRC-154 Rifleman radio is carried by individual soldiers at the platoon, squad and team level. In addition to voice communications, it can transmit text messages, GPS locations and other data. Multiple radios can form company-level networks through Soldier Radio Waveform.
The Rifleman radio is part of the Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit program, which already has been authorized to buy 19,327 radios in low-rate initial production orders. The radios are already being used by the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan, and will soon be fielded to the 101st Airborne Division. The new contract will be for full production, which will also include additional capabilities.