The USSOCOM’s CAR (Capital Equipment Replacement) Program was implemented to finance a series of tactical and strategic acquisitions. Towards the top of that list is communications. As USSOCOM is increasingly tasked with spearheading the low intensity asymmetric effort, their reliance on compact and effective communications integration has increased proportionally. Since much of their work is reconnaissance and intelligence, Command and Control, planners, and operators need the ability to network communications and integrate, voice, data and video. Light weight and compact form factors are equally important.
The Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) Program Office of the Joint Program Executive Office Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) and the US Army 75Th Ranger Regiment have been evaluating the AN/PRC-154 and PRC-155 JTRS radios from Harris. Elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment have deployed to Afghanistan with the AN/PRC-154 Rifleman Radio as their intra-squad radio, coupled with the GD300 end-user device display which the Rangers have been developing with General Dynamics. This system provides networked voice and data communications and digital situational awareness down to the individual soldier, and the Rangers’ deployment signifies the first combat use of the system.
The successes enjoyed by Harris’ AN/PRC-154 and PRC-155 in Afghanistan signals a near end to the ubiquitous multiband inter/intra team (MBITR) AN/PSC-5D.