Collins Aerospace has received a second full-rate production order from the U.S. Army to provide?AN/PRC-162 ground radios for the Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) program. The AN/PRC-162 is a two-channel networked communications ground radio that includes multiple waveforms – both narrowband and wideband – high-speed mobile ad hoc networked communications, point-to-point data, voice, next-generation SATCOM and the latest in-theater IP-based waveform communications. This radio also features increased power output, longer battery life and improved signal sensitivity in one of the smallest form factors on the market.
“Ensuring warfighters can reliably communicate across multiple waveforms on the battlefield has been our priority for decades, and is even more critical to the success of JADC2. We remain committed to delivering advanced communications capabilities to the Army that are not only feature-rich, but also provide streamlined installation and lower integration costs,” said Ryan Bunge, vice president and general manager, Communication, Navigation and Guidance Solutions for Collins Aerospace.
The AN/PRC-162 enables the Army to maintain interoperability with legacy waveforms such as Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), and next-gen waveforms such as Trellisware’s TSM® waveform and Warrior Robust Enhanced Network (WREN) waveform. Additionally, the AN/PRC-162 includes upgraded tactical satellite communications through implementation of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). The PRC-162 is part of the TruNetTM networked communications solution family, which includes airborne radios, advanced, networking waveforms, apps, ancillaries and services and support.
Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies subsidiary, is one of the world’s largest suppliers of aerospace and defense products, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. On 26 November 2018, United Technologies announced the completion of its Rockwell Collins acquisition, after which it merged its newly acquired business with UTC Aerospace Systems to form Collins Aerospace. The new company reported $26 billion of combined sales in 2019 and is composed of 68,000 employees. In 2020 United Technologies merged with Raytheon Company to form Raytheon Technologies.Collins Aerospace has six strategic business units: Aerostructures, Avionics, Interiors, Mechanical Systems, Missions Systems, and Power & Controls.