Army Awards two-channel Manpack and Leader radio contracts

By PEO C3T Public AffairsSeptember 24, 2021

IOTE Manpack and Leader radios Fort Bragg, NC
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Paratroopers with the 1-504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division use the Manpack AN/PRC-162 (right) and the Leader Radio AN/ PRC-163 (left) during the Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit Initial Operational Test and Evaluation the week of January 11, 2021 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The feedback and technical data gathered were critical factors in aiding the Army to reach a full rate production decision for the two radio variants. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo/Nicholas Robertson, U.S. Army Operational Test Command Visual Information Specialist) VIEW ORIGINAL
3-25 Bronco Rumble Leader Radio
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 2nd Lt. Kyle Taylor, platoon leader, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (3-25 ID), C Company, is wearing the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) dismounted kit at Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii on August 25, 2021, featuring the AN/PRC 163 two-channel leader radio, which is connected to the the Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) end-user situational awareness device. Soldiers with the 3-25 ID recently conducted operations using the Manpack and Leader radios, and several units with the 25th ID will be the primary unit receiving the radios for Capability Set 23. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Kathryn Bailey, PEO C3T public affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (September 24, 2021) – The Army recently awarded Full Rate Production delivery orders for the Manpack and Leader tactical data radios.

The 2-Channel Manpack and Leader radio effort supports the Army’s unified network strategy by providing radios that enable multiple communications options for commanders and allow for flexibility to upgrade waveforms as new technology emerges.

The award follows two years of operational experimentation with the First Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, which culminated an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation held at Fort Bragg in January. The test helped to inform a full rate production decision.

“We continue to enhance our radio capabilities with the vendors based results from the operational test and continued Soldier feedback from radio fielding and operational use,” said Col. Garth Winterle, Project Manager for Tactical Radios, assigned to Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical.

Leveraging a multi-vendor IDIQ contract, the Manpack radio award is a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) delivery order for approximately $226,500,000, awarded between L-3 Harris for 2,320 radios, and Collins Aerospace for 1,547 radios.

Also based off a multi-vendor IDIQ contract, the Leader radio award is a FFP delivery order for $118,700,000, awarded between L-3 Harris for 2,498 radios, and Thales, Inc., for 1,096 radios.

The Manpack and Leader radios will support capability set fielding to multiple Infantry Brigade Combat Teams within the 25th Infantry Division, the 2nd Calvary Regiment Stryker brigade combat team, and will support the Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model and Tactical Satellite Modernization efforts.

“Full rate production of these radios across the force will provide our warfighters with the most advanced radio network capabilities available for enhanced situational awareness, which is critical for mission success,” Winterle said.