General Dynamics Rifleman Radio and GD300 Go to Afghanistan with U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment

Capa­bil­i­ty changes how sol­diers fight by pro­vid­ing unprece­dent­ed com­mu­ni­ca­tion and sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Gen­er­al Dynam­ics C4 Sys­tems JTRS HMS Rifle­man Radio (AN/PRC-154) and the Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Itron­ix GD300 wear­able com­put­er deployed this month to Afghanistan with ele­ments of the 75th Ranger Reg­i­ment. The Rangers are equipped with the Rifle­man Radio for intra-squad com­mu­ni­ca­tions and with the GD300, run­ning the Tac­ti­cal Ground Report­ing (TIGR) tac­ti­cal ‘app,’ to send text mes­sages, sit­u­a­tion reports and oth­er infor­ma­tion to indi­vid­ual sol­ders. Feed­back from planned oper­a­tional assess­ments will be used to inform the future field­ing of the Rifle­man Radio to the Army as a whole.

“This capa­bil­i­ty pro­vides unprece­dent­ed com­mu­ni­ca­tion and sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness that changes how sol­diers fight,” said Chris Brady, vice pres­i­dent of Assured Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Gen­er­al Dynam­ics C4 Sys­tems. “The JTRS HMS Rifle­man Radio is ready for com­bat and could reduce the military’s depen­dence on inter­im radio solu­tions that are unable to deliv­er any­thing like this.”

The JTRS HMS pro­gram office and the Ranger Reg­i­ment decid­ed to con­duct the oper­a­tional assess­ment fol­low­ing three sep­a­rate suc­cess­ful eval­u­a­tions in 2011. The Rifle­man Radio is part of the Joint Tac­ti­cal Radio Sys­tem (JTRS) Hand­held, Man­pack, Small Form Fit (HMS) radio fam­i­ly.

The JTRS HMS Rifle­man Radio pro­vides reli­able net­worked voice and data com­mu­ni­ca­tions in aus­tere and clut­tered urban envi­ron­ments using the government’s Sol­dier Radio Wave­form (SRW). The Gen­er­al Dynam­ics GD300 is an Android®-based, full-rugged, wrist or body-worn com­put­er. When paired with the Rifle­man Radio, the GD300 dis­plays the posi­tion-loca­tion infor­ma­tion of all sol­diers in the net­work. Sol­diers can also use the GD300 touch-screen dis­play to place pic­to­r­i­al graph­ics and send maps to team mem­bers or their lead­ers using the TIGR ‘app.’

The 75th Ranger Reg­i­ment, a rapid­ly deploy­able strike force, is the largest spe­cial oper­a­tions com­bat ele­ment in the U.S. Army. The 75th Ranger Reg­i­ment has been con­tin­u­ous­ly deployed in sup­port of the War on Ter­ror since Octo­ber 2001.

For more infor­ma­tion about JTRS HMS radios by Gen­er­al Dynam­ics C4 Sys­tems, please vis­it www.gdradios.com. Infor­ma­tion about the Gen­er­al Dynam­ics GD300 is avail­able at www.gd-itronix/GD300.

Gen­er­al Dynam­ics C4 Sys­tems is a busi­ness unit of Gen­er­al Dynam­ics (NYSE: GD). Infor­ma­tion about Gen­er­al Dynam­ics is avail­able online at www.generaldynamics.com.

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