Thales To Supply VIPER Systems To US Army

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  • 09:39 AM, April 29, 2014
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Thales has  been  awarded  an indefinite Delivery/Indefinite  Quantity (IDIQ)  contract by the U.S. Army for its Soldier  Radio  Waveform  Appliqué  (SRW‐A)  radio  system—the AN/VRC‐121 Vehicle Integrated Power Enhanced Rifleman, or VIPER. 

Developed jointly with Ultralife Corporation’s Communications Systems business, VIPER responds to the U.S. Army’s requirement for a single channel, vehicle mounted radio running SRW that can be installed into the  Single  Channel  Ground  and  Airborne  Radio  System  (SINCGARS) Combat Net  Radio  (CNR)  vehicular  mount  or  used  in  a  stand‐alone configuration. 

The radio system  provides  an  independent or second channel  solution  for  vehicle communications installations, acting  as a  conduit  for  voice  and  data  between the dismounted  soldier,  mounted platforms, the Unit, and  higher  headquarters.

VIPER provides soldiers with access to the government’s classified networks for Secret and below operations.  

It integrates, and interacts seamlessly, with an installed AN/PRC‐154A Rifleman Radio. The Rifleman Radio, which was  co‐developed, and  is  being  co‐manufactured,  by  Thales  and  General  Dynamics  C4 Systems under  the  Joint  Tactical Radio  System  Handheld,  Man pack,  and Small  Form  Fit program  of  record,  has  been  fully  tested ,  certified,  and deployed. 

With more than 19,000 Rifleman Radios manufactured, the VIPER solution ensures that the U.S.  Army has immediate  interoperability  with  currently  fielded  radios ,  while soldiers gain greater operational  flexibility due  to  its  ability  to  operate  in  both  UHF  and L‐bands.

VIPER provides "Jerk and Run" access to the installed Rifleman Radio, enabling a quick transition between mounted and dismounted operations without losing communications. 

“We appreciate the importance of working closely with the U.S. Army in providing our warfighters with mission‐critical capabilities,” said Michael Sheehan, in charge of Defense & Security activities for Thales in the U.S.  “Our  VIPER solution  allows for rapid  delivery  of  a  low‐risk,  operationally  suitable,  highly  reliable  solution  for  the  Army’s  SRW  vehicular radio needs.”   

The  basic  IDIQ  contract,  awarded  to  four  companies,  allows  the  companies  to  compete  on  future  orders  to  support  fielding  requirements

The total potential IDIQ contract value is $988 Million.  

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