Army validates PRC-155

General Dynamics Mission Systems AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radio was the communications hub connecting soldiers located in the U. S. Army Pacific region with the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) communications network. Multiple two-channel AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radios, located in and around the Hawaiian Islands, helped soldiers talk, share information and maintain communications aboard Army vessels and in various land-based locations. Equipped with a MUOS high-power amplifier and running the MUOS waveform, the radios helped soldiers share enroute mission command, creating a common operational picture via the MUOS communications network among participating soldiers.

MUOS Manpack is the DoD Radio Terminal for MUOS Program
MUOS Manpack is the DoD Radio Terminal for MUOS Program

«This successful demonstration, in addition to the joint U.S. Army-Navy evaluation in November 2015, exhibits the military readiness of the MUOS communications network and that the AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radio is the only radio to successfully connect military personnel with the new MUOS network in multiple operational settings», said Mike DiBiase, a vice president of General Dynamics Mission Systems. «As the Army prioritizes where the AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radios go, soldiers can count on it to provide the connectivity and crystal clear voice communications wherever they are deployed, particularly in areas where the landscape or geographic location seriously impedes network connectivity».

Held in the Army Pacific area of interest, the demonstration continues to validate how the AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radio using the MUOS network provided consistent, persistent communications connectivity, solving a challenge for Army operations in isolated and austere locations.

Using the Manpack radios with a MUOS applique and the Joint Battle Command Platform (JBC-P) system, soldiers onboard a Logistics Supply Vessel (LSV) that travelled between two islands communicated and transferred data and images to soldiers in Oahu and Hawaii. In addition to communicating continuously via voice and data from the LSV back to land, commanders tracked the ship’s location using the JBC-P. The exercise showed how the networked systems can provide communications and situational awareness data to small units and United States Army Pacific (USRPAC) logistical operations.

The General Dynamics AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radio is equipped with a MUOS high-power amplifier that provides the radio-signal strength needed to reach the MUOS satellites that are in geo-synchronous orbit. Using both channels, the AN/PRC-155 is the bridge that connects different radios and waveforms used by soldiers across a mission area. The AN/PRC-155 MUOS Manpack receives a call from a tactical radio on one channel, routes and retransmits the call using the second channel, sending the call to a satellite communications network, like MUOS or other tactical communications network.

There are currently 5,326 AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios delivered to the U.S. Army providing secure line-of-sight and satellite communications connectivity for Army personnel deployed in places where other communication networks are unavailable or inaccessible.

The MUOS waveform is the digital dial tone that connects personnel using the AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radio with the MUOS communications network, allowing them to talk, text and share mission information seamlessly. As the Army moves to a more expeditionary force, soldiers need to be connected to the network at all times, in every environment and during every stage of an operation.

The Lockheed-Martin-built MUOS communications network provides military and government personnel smartphone-like access to the network with the voice clarity civilians enjoy using their cellphones every day.

In addition, the AIM II embedded programmable security allows the dismounted warfighter to seamlessly join any combat net with confidence
In addition, the AIM II embedded programmable security allows the dismounted warfighter to seamlessly join any combat net with confidence

 

PRC-155 Manpack Radio Datasheet

Frequency Range 2 MHz – 2.5 GHz (banded)
Guard 121.5 VHF and 243.0 UHF
Size 236 inch³/3,867 cm³ (378 inch³/6,194 cm³ with battery);

3.0 inch/76 mm × 10.1 inch/256 mm × 7.8 inch/198 mm (without battery bucket);

3.0 inch/76 mm × 10.1 inch/256 mm × 12.5 inch/317 mm (with battery bucket)

Weight <9 lbs/4 kg (<14 lbs/6.3 kg with battery)
Number of Channels 2
Waveform Support SRW, MUOS, SINCGARS, SATCOM, WNW*, V/U LOS*, HQII*, IW*, HF SSB w ALE**
Presets 50 per channel
Maximum Power Output 20 Watts; external 50 Watt PAs available
JTRS Compliance Yes
Army-Certified Waveforms Yes
Fully Programmable COMSEC and TRANSEC (Type 1 & Type 2) Yes
JTRS APIs Yes
Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) Yes
Remote Control Capability Yes
CIK Function, Removable Yes
OTAR Yes
Retransmission, Voice and Data Integral (2 channels)

* Software upgradeable

**Software upgradable, requires additional hardware

With the MHPA attached, the HMS Manpack becomes MUOS enabled providing a worldwide satellite-based communications capability, derived from 3GPP UMTS cellular technology
With the MHPA attached, the HMS Manpack becomes MUOS enabled providing a worldwide satellite-based communications capability, derived from 3GPP UMTS cellular technology

 

PRC-155 Manpack Radio is the first two-channel voice and data radio to connect both soldiers on the ground and vehicles downrange to the U.S. Army’s Tactical Network. With the ability to connect to SATCOM, SINGARS, SRW and the MUOS satellite network, the PRC-155 ensures Soldiers will never be out of contact again

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