US Army to receive 1,540 AN/PRC-163 handheld radios from Harris
- September 24, 2018
The U.S. Army has ordered 1,540 AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld radios and related equipment and services from Harris Corporation.
The versatile AN/PRC-163 enables users to send information up and down the chain of command as well as across the battlefield network backbone. It incorporates secure two-channel connectivity in a lightweight, easy to use, handheld rugged form factor.
The radio can simultaneously transmit voice, data and situational awareness through Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking applications, VHF/UHF line-of-sight, and legacy SATCOM while offering a path to future software-only updates for MUOS, SATURN and other emerging waveforms.
“The AN/PRC-163 is the most advanced software-defined handheld radio in the world today and will provide our warfighters and commanders with unprecedented capabilities, including enhanced levels of command and control, and situational awareness,” said Dana Mehnert, President, Harris Communication Systems. “The award of the two-channel Leader radio contract is an important milestone in the modernization of the Army’s tactical network and Harris is honored to be part of it.”
The system features a double-height LCD screen to provide warfighters with mission-critical information, while improved situational awareness is provided through the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission module’s full-motion video capabilities.