Thales Defense & Security
Clarksburg, MD

Thales Defense & Security, Inc. has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the U.S. Army for its Soldier Radio Waveform Appliqué (SRW A) radio system: the AN/VRC 121 Vehicle Integrated Power Enhanced Rifleman, or VIPER.

Developed jointly with Ultralife Corporation’s Communications Systems business, VIPER met the U.S. Army’s requirement for a single-channel, vehicle-mounted radio running SRW. The technology can be installed into the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) Combat Net Radio (CNR) vehicular mount or used in a standalone configuration. The radio system provides an independent or second-channel option for vehicle communications installations, acting as a conduit for voice and data among the dismounted soldier, mounted platforms, the Unit, and higher headquarters.

VIPER integrates, and interacts seamlessly, with an installed AN/PRC 154A Rifleman Radio. The Rifleman Radio, which was co-developed and is being co-manufactured, by Thales and General Dynamics C4 Systems under the Joint Tactical Radio System Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit program of record, has been fully tested, certified, and deployed. VIPER also provides “Jerk and Run” access to the installed Rifleman Radio, enabling a quick transition between mounted and dismounted operations without losing communications.

With more than 19,000 Rifleman Radios manufactured, the VIPER solution ensures that the U.S. Army has immediate interoperability with currently fielded radios, while soldiers gain greater operational flexibility due to its ability to operate in both UHF and Lbands.

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