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Two-Channel Radio Links Battlefield Users

May 21, 2018
The latest version of a tactical two-way radio from Harris provides expanded capabilities for communicating with commercial radio equipment.

The latest two-way portable radio from Harris Corp., the AN/PRC-163 Army Radio, is designed as much for the battlefield as for the modern world. The rugged and lightweight radio (see figure) employs a software-defined-radio (SDR) architecture for ease of use and to allow interoperation with other radio designs, such as satellite-communications (satcom) systems and even Android civilian smartphones.

The latest portable tactical radio from Harris Corp., the AN/PRC-163, is designed to connect to various communications technologies and systems. (Courtesy of Harris Corp.)

The AN/PRC-163 can transmit and receive information through combinations of mobile ad-hoc networks, satcom systems, and VHF/UHF line-of-sight (LoS) communications methods. The radio is based on U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) requirements with size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimized to benefit multiple mission needs (for example, less weight for a soldier to carry into battle). The radio includes a module expansion slot to add capabilities as needed for future requirements.

“The AN/PRC-163 Army Radio’s future-proof design and software-defined architecture provides superior capabilities today and enables fast field upgrades for emerging capabilities,” says Chris Young, president, Harris Communication Systems. “That upgradeability, coupled with ease of use and interoperability, makes it a clear choice for the Army’s network modernization.”

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