General Dynamics has delivered 30 new two-channel Manpack networking radios to the US Army for evaluation.
The digital radios are the first to be delivered by General Dynamics under the Army's production contract awarded in March, the company said in a statement Thursday.
The digital radios by General Dynamics are based on tested, evaluated and fielded AN/PRC-155 two-channel networking radios. The radios are fielded two-channel radios to communicate using the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) communications network.
"The General Dynamics radios incorporate the secure, network communications capabilities of the AN/PRC-155 along with technology and functionality improvements suggested by soldiers who have used the PRC-155 in combat," said Paul Parent, vice president of Radio Products for General Dynamics Mission Systems.
The AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radio demonstrated its ability to connect military personnel using the MUOS network at a joint Navy-Army operational test in November 2015.
In February 2016, during an Army demonstration in Hawaii, soldiers used the AN/PRC-155 radio to reach the MUOS network allowing soldiers to talk, collaborate and maintain communications aboard Army vessels and in various land-based locations.