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FIRST COMBAT EVALUATION OF JTRS RIFLEMAN RADIO CONDUCTED BY 75th RANGER REGIMENT — Press Release

FIRST COMBAT EVALUATION OF JTRS RIFLEMAN RADIO CONDUCTED BY 75th RANGER REGIMENT

SAN DIEGO-The Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) Program Office of the Joint Program Executive Office Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) and the US Army 75th Ranger Regiment are leading the way towards effective interoperable Warfighter communications by bringing the digital battlefield to the tactical edge in Afghanistan. Elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment have deployed to Afghanistan with the AN/PRC-154 Rifleman Radio as their intra-squad radio, coupled with the GD300 end user device display which the Rangers have been developing with General Dynamics. This system provides networked voice and data communications and digital situational awareness down to the individual soldier, and the Rangers’ deployment signifies the first combat use of the system.

The AN/PRC-154 is an individual radio which provides networked voice and data communications through the use of the terrain defeating Soldier Radio Waveform up to a 2 KM range. The GD300 is an android based, environmentally protected individual leader display. When paired with the Rifleman Radio, the position/location information of all soldiers in the network are displayed on the map or pictorial graphics the soldiers are operating in. The Rangers are also using Tactical Ground Reporting (TIGR) mobile application on the GD300 to send text, situation reports, and other applications.

The HMS Program and the Rangers have partnered over the past year to assess the AN/PRC-154 Rifleman Radio and the AN/PRC-155 Manpack to provide critical feedback for making the equipment combat ready. The regiment conducted three separate training evaluations throughout 2011 to ensure the system was mature enough to use in theater. Information gathered during those exercises led to significant software modifications which made both the radio and the display more tactically relevant and user friendly. Success from those events led to the decision from both the program office and the Ranger Regiment that the system was ready for combat evaluation.

The purpose of the Rangers’ operational assessment is to evaluate the suitability and reliability of the system and determine how networked communications and situational awareness can improve mission effectiveness. In addition, their feedback will provide critical information to incorporate prior to fielding elements of the system to the US Army as a whole.

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Cobham to Provide Vehicle Intercoms, Combat Radios in US$21 Million Middle East Deal — Press Release

Cobham to Provide Vehicle Intercoms, Combat Radios in US$21 Million Middle East Deal

BLACKBURN, United Kingdom – Cobham will provide its military Vehicle Intercom System and Eagle Close Combat Radio to an undisclosed Middle East customer through two contracts totalling US$21 million.

Integrating the Eagle Close Combat Radio with the Vehicle Intercoms allows dismounted soldiers to communicate with vehicle crews and remotely access the Combat Net Radio system.

The Eagle Radio is designed as a short range squad radio and as a wireless link to a Vehicle Intercom System. Eagle was selected for its ease of use, full duplex ad-hoc networking capability, security features and remote access to man-pack and vehicle mounted Combat Net Radios.

Cobham’s Intercom System is the compact version of the well established ROVIS range, designed for use on vehicles where space is at a premium. Cobham has supplied more than 55,000 compact systems around the world and more than 125,000 intercoms of all types.

“Our ROVIS Intercom Systems offer a capable and cost effective intercom solution,” said Cobham Defence Communications Vice President Steve Collier. “We’ve been expecting these orders for some time, so we can now concentrate on delivery.”

In 2010 the US Army selected Cobham’s new TacG2 system for its $2.4 billion Vehicle Intercom System Extended (VIS-X) programme. The TacG2 is a modular, scalable system which may be extended to provide a wider and more advanced communications network.

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