Thales wins US Army contract for net combat radio program

Thales was one of two vendors awarded a $6 billion IDIQ (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) contract by the U.S. military to supply advanced tactical radios as part of the Combat Net modernization program. US Army Radio (CNR). The 10-year competitive contract for the Combat Net Radio (CNR) program includes a five-year base order period and an additional five-year optional order period. This contract was awarded as part of an effort to retire its obsolete Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).

Under the Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, Thales will supply a CNR based on the AN/PRC-148 Enhanced Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (IMBITR) Joint Tactical Radio System – the latest evolution of a family Combat Radios – Proven voice and tactical data radios.

The flexible, software-defined, and secure CNR will allow the US military to seamlessly replace the legacy R/T1523 radio fleet. It will continue to be compatible with the existing SINCGARS waveform, but will allow the military to add new waveforms and enhanced capabilities to meet changing requirements.

“Combat Net Radio continues the Thales tradition of meeting emerging combatant support needs,” said Mike Sheehan, CEO of Thales Defense and Security, Inc. in Army Architecture, providing connectivity to the tactical periphery. Designed with the soldier’s systems in mind, the Thales CNR is a tailor-made fit for the Army’s Integrated Tactical Network.

The Thales CNR provides the Army’s Unified Network with a critical component that delivers robust and secure communications capabilities to the tactical edge of the future battlefield. The CNR contract follows delivery orders placed by the US Army in October 2021 for the two-channel Thales AN/PRC-148D Leader radio and the new single-channel AN/PRC-170 Javelin radio. Both radios provide portable voice and data communication to combatants in the most extreme battlefield conditions.

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