This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Soldier's Network Milestone: 1,700 HMS Manpack Radios Delivered Under Low Rate Initial Production Orders

TAUNTON, Mass., Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics C4 Systems and Rockwell Collins announced today they have completed production of 1,700 of the Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) program AN/PRC-155 Manpacks under current Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) orders. The Manpack remains the only NSA-certified, two-channel manpackable form factor radio available today utilizing government-owned waveforms. Army warfighters begin to deploy with this latest capability before the end of the year.

Together, General Dynamics C4 Systems and Rockwell Collins have delivered 1,700 radios against the LRIP orders totaling 3,826. Production for these orders is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

"This is the most rigorously tested radio in the Army's arsenal and we are proud to continue to put the big Army network into the hands of our soldiers, significantly improving their operational effectiveness and safety," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. 

"With the AN/PRC-155 Manpack networking radio, soldiers can be confident they will have access to lifesaving voice and data communications," said Phil Jasper, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rockwell Collins. "The hundreds of Iowa employees involved with this effort look forward to delivering the balance of these radios, making our soldiers more capable and more secure."

The Manpack has undergone extensive Program of Record testing and evaluation and, through this rigorous, government-witnessed and controlled regimen, the radio has consistently advanced in capability, reliability and operational suitability. The current program of record calls for General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins to compete for the building of identical radios in full-rate production. 

The Manpack bridges networks – legacy to future, lower to upper echelons and unclassified to classified guard – allowing everyone, from the command center to the soldier on the edge of the battlefield, to stay connected. Earlier this year, the Manpack radio successfully transmitted voice and data communications to the orbiting MUOS satellite. This was the first time that any military radio communicated with the MUOS space-ground network, which will ultimately extend the reach of the soldiers' network to even the most isolated locations.

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,712.66 +34.43 0.19%
S&P 500 2,061.02 +4.87 0.24%
NASDAQ 4,891.2190 +27.8570 0.57%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs