Thales’ MBITR Certified for Frequency Hopping




Thales Communications’ AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR) has successfully completed frequency hopping interoperability testing by the Joint Interoperability Test Command at Ft Huachuca, Arizona. This certification is a major milestone for the MBITR, releasing it for delivery as the only tactical handheld radio to provide U.S. Department of Defense approved frequency hopping. Rapidly changing the frequency on which radios are operating, known as frequency hopping, decreases the likelihood of jamming of mission critical communications.

The MBITR was tested and certified for interoperability with the Department of Defense’s Single Channel Ground and Air Radio System (SINCGARS) Advanced System Improvement Program (ASIP) and HAVE QUICK I and II frequency hopping waveforms. Though these waveforms have traditionally been provided in larger, manpack radios, this testing verifies that, for the first time ever, the SINCGARS ASIP and HAVE QUICK functionality has been implemented in a small and lightweight hand held radio. The MBITR has a volume of less than 34 cubic inches and weight of just under two pounds, with battery. This allows elimination of the heavy, bulky manpacks from the backs of ground forces, greatly increasing speed of deployment and agility on the battlefield.

The ECCM design efforts, funded by the U.S. Marine Corps through the Special Operations Command contract, were possible due to the radio’s sophisticated transceiver circuitry and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) based digital architecture. This foresight allowed the ECCM functionality to be implemented through software changes only, with ECCM upgrades possible by downloading new software into the radio. Initial deployment of the frequency hopping MBITR has begun with deliveries to the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, the radio has been delivered to the U.S. Special Forces, the Australian Army, and other NATO member nations.


About Thales


Thales (www.thalesgroup.com) is a global technology leader for the Defense, Security, Aerospace, and Transportation markets. In 2011, the company generated revenues of €13 billion (approximately $18.3 billion) with 67,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners

Thales Communications, Inc. (www.thalescomminc.com) is a global leader in the development of reliable, software-defined radio equipment and solutions. The company serves the ground, naval, airborne, and homeland security domains with tactical electronic equipment and information systems that address the technological and environmental challenges presented in real-world situations-especially those with size, weight, and power constraints. A U.S. proxy company (100% American), Thales Communications, Inc. is part of Thales.
 
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