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JTRS Man Portable Radios To Complete LRIP

by: Matthew Potter
July 17, 2012

Category: Business Line, Companies, Contract Additions, Contract Awards, Department of Defense, development program, Events, General Dynamics, IT, production program, Rockwell Collins, Services, Thales, U.S. Army | RSS 2.0

The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) is the next generation of radios for the U.S. armed forces. It is being developed and produced in a variety of form factors and roles to support ships, vehicles, aircraft and man portable systems. The program has had its ups-and-downs but recently has made a decent amount of progress. The man portable Rifleman Radio recently had a Full Rate Production (FRP) decision and was approved to enter that phase of the acquisition cycle.

The current Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract belongs to a team of General Dynamics (GD); French company, Thales SA (HO), and Rockwell COllins (COL) to build the initial lot of over 6,000. This decision allows LRIP to be completed with the buyout of the remaining 13,000 odd systems to get to 10% of the planned production buy of 193,000 units.

The AN/PRC-154 Rifleman Radio provides voice and data simultaneous capability and is carried on the body of a soldier. It is used for intra-squad level communications and is compatible with current smartphone technology.

When the LRIP production is complete the Pentagon will have another contest for the FRP contract. This means that despite their good performance on the current contract there is no guarantee that the GD led team will win this. The final program could provide upwards of $1 billion in revenue for the winner of the larger production contract.

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