Thales has just been awarded its fifth order, valued at $100M, to deliver 4,000 handheld Improved Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radios (IMBITR) for the U.S. Army’s Leader Radio Program under the second full-rate production order (FRP-2), bringing the total number of IMBITR to be deployed by the U.S. Army to 14,000—their joint venture with Leonardo DRS.
The radio forms a critical element of the U.S. Army’s modern, resilient tactical network, giving warfighters increased flexibility in multi-domain operations through enhanced communication capabilities.
The IMBITR is the first handheld radio to use the U.S. Army’s latest Warrior Robust Enhanced Network waveform and can operate in challenging radio frequency (R.F.) environments, enhancing situational awareness and faster decision-making.
Thales announces its fifth order for the U.S. Army Leader Program, valued at up to $100 million, demonstrating continued success within the U.S. Army’s Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit (HMS) Army Leader Radio Program.
In September, awards were made under the FRP-2 contracting effort and existing competitive, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. This most recent award represents an additional 4,000-plus AN/PRC-148D 2-channel IMBITR (Improved Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radios), bringing the total of IMBITR radios ordered by the U.S. Army to more than 14,000.
This contract demonstrates Thales’ ability to deliver mission-critical capabilities into the Army’s Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) and Capability Set formations. As a critical component of the Army’s unified network strategy, the Thales IMBITR system extends advanced networking capabilities to the tactical edge, allowing warfighters increased flexibility in multi-domain operations.
In partnership with the U.S. Army, Thales is delivering the latest WREN-TSM Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking (MANET) waveform and simultaneously critical narrowband, tactical line-of-sight, and beyond-line-of-sight communications capabilities. Together, these provide cryptographically modernized, assured, simultaneous networked voice, data, and video communications for improved situational awareness and real-time decision-making.
The Thales AN/PRC-148D IMBITR is the first handheld radio to field the U.S. Army Warrior Robust Enhanced Network (WREN-TSM™) waveform, which is a Type 1 robust, reliable, and scalable networking waveform capable of 800-plus nodes and operating in challenging radio frequency (R.F.) environments.
Currently, 8,400 IMBITR radios are operationally deployed, highly successful, and a preferred solution for the Security Force Assistance Brigade and Infantry Brigade Combat Team/Stryker Brigade Combat Teams.