Radio program

Thales wins a contract with the US Army for the Combat Net Radio program

  • Provides a key component of the U.S. Army’s Integrated Tactical Network modernization initiative.
  • Provides a software-defined, secure solution to upgrade the current US Army radio fleet.
  • Expands a successful partnership with the U.S. military to provide combat-ready communications.

Thales was one of two (2) vendors awarded a $6 billion Indefinite Quantity, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to supply advanced tactical radios under the program. the US Army’s Combat Net Radio (CNR) modernization system. The 10-year competitive contract for the Combat Net Radio (CNR) program includes a five-year base order period and an additional five-year optional order period. This contract was awarded as part of an effort to retire its obsolete Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).

Under the Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, Thales will supply a CNR based on the AN/PRC-148 Enhanced Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (IMBITR) Joint Tactical Radio System – the latest evolution of a family combat radios – proven voice and tactical data radios.

The flexible, software-defined, and secure CNR will allow the US military to seamlessly replace the legacy R/T1523 radio fleet. It will continue to be compatible with the existing SINCGARS waveform, but will allow the military to add new waveforms and enhanced capabilities to meet changing requirements.

The Thales CNR provides the Army’s Unified Network with a critical component that delivers robust and secure communications capabilities to the tactical edge of the future battlefield.

“Combat Net Radio continues the Thales tradition of responding to emerging combatant support needs.” said Mike Sheehan, CEO of Thales Defense and Security, Inc. “The Thales CNR takes the non-developmental element approach to delivering capabilities within the army architecture, ensuring connectivity at the tactical edge. Designed with the soldier’s systems in mind, the Thales CNR is a tailor-made fit for the Army’s Integrated Tactical Network.

The CNR contract follows delivery orders placed by the US Army in October 2021 for the two-channel Thales AN/PRC-148D Leader radio and the new single-channel AN/PRC-170 Javelin radio. Both radios provide portable voice and data communications to combatants in the most extreme battlefield conditions.

With over 40 years of expertise, Thales is a world leader in the development, manufacture and support of combat-proven Software Defined Radio (SDR) equipment, addressing critical size, weight and power challenges. (SWAP) restricted battlespace environments.