Rockwell Collins Awarded Contract for Army Manpack Radios

By Dave DeWitte, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Rockwell Collins has been awarded a contract to produce about 1,850 manpack radios for the United States Army.

Rockwell Collins was contracted to supply the radios by General Dynamics C4 Systems, the only other qualified manufactuer. The Army's use of two qualified manufacturers to produce the radios helps ensure the radios remain cost competitive.

The AN/PRC-155 Manpack radio has been certified by the National Security Agency to communicate classified voice and data at the top secret level and below, according to Rockwell Collins. It is the only secure two-channel networking radio certified for communication of data across the entire force structure from battalion headquarters to soldiers in vehicles and on foot.

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