Thales Gains Back Market Share with New Radio Contract

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Thales AN/PRC-14 8 C
IMBITR radio. Source: Thales

Thales has been awarded a $37 million contract from the U.S. Army to equip the new rapidly deployable security force assistance brigades (SFABs) with the PRC-148C Improved Multiband Inter-Intra Team Radio (IMBITR), establishing it as the first dual-channel, certified networking radio to enhance communications at the tactical edge, providing interoperability for joint and coalition forces. Continue reading

Joint Tactical Networking Center: Making Software Radios Interoperable, Secure, and Affordable

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

The Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) was created following the cancellation of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program.  The U.S. Department of Defense needed an entity to store the software communications waveforms developed under the JTRS program, and consequently established the JTNC. Continue reading

Production, Enhancements Continue for Bowman Radio Program

by Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Bowman in service

Bowman in service. Source – General Dynamics UK

Production of communications systems to fulfill the Bowman tactical radio requirement for the United Kingdom should continue over the next several years, led primarily by the need for software upgrades and enhancements. Production will also continue for exports sales, especially to Middle Eastern countries. Continue reading

Sales of SELEX Personal Role Radio Will Spike Late Decade

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

SELEX Elsag's PRC-343 Personal Role Radio

SELEX Elsag’s PRC-343 Personal Role Radio

Sales of SELEX Elsag’s PRC-343 Personal Role Radio will spike later in the decade to meet the short-range communications needs of defense departments worldwide.  The PRC-343 provides short-range communications for frontline foot soldiers.  It replaces traditional, “non-radio” means of frontline communications such as the use of hand signals – or simply shouting.   Continue reading