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U.S. Army to Field Thales' AN/PRC-148 Joint Tactical Radio System Handheld Radio

26 February 2007

CLARKSBURG, Md. Thales Communications, Inc., today announced that the U.S. Army has ordered more than 5,000 units of its AN/PRC-148 Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Enhanced Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radios (MBITR), or JEM.

The AN/PRC-148 JEMs will be acquired through a contract with the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. This procurement will allow the Army to complete fielding against Modular Force requirements. Fielding is being managed by PEO-Soldier (PM-Soldier Warrior) in accordance with guidance provided by Headquarters - Department of the Army.

The AN/PRC-148 is a rugged, lightweight, multiband handheld radio weighing less than two pounds. It operates in the 30-512 MHz frequency range and provides inter/intra team communications ground-to-ground, ground-to-air, and over satellite. The JEM configuration, which is an evolution of the battle-proven MBITR, affords improved security, is capable of hosting future waveforms, and offers access to higher data throughput and networking capabilities.

With the AN/PRC-148 JEM, Army warfighters will receive the same level of reliable performance they have trusted for years with Thales' AN/PRC-148 MBITR. The JEM's user interface and operation are consistent with the MBITR; thus, additional training is minimized, and the equipment can be fielded immediately. The JEM also enables the Army to be consistent with the National Security Agency's crypto modernization program, getting away from hardware-based equipment and moving forward with a true software-defined radio.

"We are in the unique position of being able to provide the Army with an official JTRS-compatible product," said Phil Hulcher, U.S. Army business development manager at Thales Communications. "This corroborates the value of a successful partnership with the acquisition and testing community."

The AN/PRC-148 JEM was the first JTRS-compatible radio certified for compliance with Software Communications Architecture1 and successfully completed an unprecedented level of U.S. Government testing and qualification. The radio leverages a proven platform and provides a JTRS solution that bridges the gap between legacy equipment and future JTRS technologies.

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Editor's Note: There are currently more than 80,000 AN/PRC-148 MBITRs fielded, approximately 31,000 of which are in use by the Army. The AN/PRC-148 (both MBITR and JEM configurations) is the cornerstone of a complete system solution for the warfighter which includes a Vehicle Adapter with a unique, cable-free, rapid radio dismount capability; dual radio AN/VRC-111 Vehicle Adapter Amplifier; Base Station for fixed applications; Tactical Repeater for range extension; and compact, rugged Man Portable System for dismounted operations requiring higher power output.

About Thales
Thales Communications, Inc., a global leader in the development of battle-proven, software-defined, tactical radio equipment and solutions, provides critical communication capabilities for use in size-, weight-, and power-constrained environments. Thales Communications is part of the Thales Group of companies, a leading international electronics and systems group, serving defense, aerospace, security, and services markets worldwide. The Group employs 60,000 people throughout the world and generated revenues of $12.7 billion in 2005. Thales Communications, Inc., is a U.S. proxy company. Accordingly, it is considered a 100% American company by the U.S. Government. For more information about Thales Communications, visit http://www.thalescomminc.com/. For more information about the Thales Group, visit http://www.thalesgroup.com/.

Press Contact
Sheila Gindes
Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: 240-864-7912
Email: sheila.gindes@thalescomminc.com

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