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Rockwell Collins successfully completes qualification testing as part of potential $12.7 billion HMS Manpack radio contract

29 November 2016

Program now moves into customer testing

Final contract award could include more than 60,000 radios

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Nov. 29, 2016) - Rockwell Collins has successfully completed qualification testing (QT) as part of its competition for the U.S. Armys Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) program.

As part of QT, Rockwell Collins delivered 30 AN/PRC-162 two-channel, software-defined military communication radios, which are based on the companys TruNet networked communications solution family of products. The competition now moves on to the more rigorous Customer Test (CT) phase of evaluation, which increases network complexity and validates interoperability with various radio systems.

As part of this contract award, the Army is authorized to buy in excess of 60,000 radios throughout the 10-year acquisition program and expects full-rate production to commence in fiscal year 2017.Rockwell Collins AN/PRC-162 hosts multiple waveforms, both narrowband and wideband, point-to-point data, and MUOS (Mobile User Objective System) in a software-defined radio architecture.

For years, weve delivered secure communications with the ARC-210, the most widely fielded radio in the airborne market, said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager, Communication and Navigation Solutions. The AN/PRC-162 benefits directly from this technology baseline as well as our proven experience integrating networked communication across the battlefield. Our TruNet product line represents a complete turnkey system solution utilizing both air and ground assets and using many common assemblies, parts, and manufacturing processes between them.

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative aviation and high-integrity solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries. To find out more, please visit

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