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Army adds new radio to CS package

Feb. 28, 2014 - 04:20PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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The AN/PRC-155 Manpack tactical networking radio will be part of the U.S. Army’s Capability Set (CS) communications package.

CS 14 is an integrated package of radios, satellite systems, software applications, smartphone-like devices and other network components. Units scheduled to receive CS 14 include elements of the 101st Air Assault Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.

The two-channel, 14-pound AN/PRC-155, which is manufactured by General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins, will connect users to the Soldier's Network, which includes command capabilities such as Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T). The device can be mounted on vehicles or carried by dismounted troops.

“The radio is a priority component of the Army’s network modernization plan, and essential to CS 14," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems, in a company news release. “Soldiers and commanders serving in Afghanistan, Africa, Korea or other tactical locations now have a secure mobile, broadband communications network with mission command on-the-move so wherever they go, the network is right there, just like the network supporting a civilian’s smartphone.”

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