The US Army has awarded a contract worth over $100m to Thales to deliver 4,000 handheld Improved Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radios (IMBITRs).   

The fifth order under the Army Leader Radio Program will bring the total number of IMBITRs to be used by the US Army to over 14,000 units.

The Army awarded contracts in September this year under the second full-rate production and existing indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract as part of the leader radio programme.

The latest contract requires Thales to provide additional AN/PRC-148D 2-channel IMBITRs.

The AN/PRC-148D IMBITR system offers upgraded networking capabilities to help soldiers handle multi-domain operations efficiently.

Nearly 8,400 IMBITRs are being leveraged by the Security Force Assistance Brigade and Infantry Brigade Combat Team/Stryker Brigade Combat Teams.

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The IMBITR became the first handheld radio to deploy the US Army Warrior Robust Enhanced Network (WREN-TSM) waveform.

Thales Defense and Security CEO Mike Sheehan said: “Thales is proud to continue as a key contributor to the Army’s Leader Radio Program of Record, and the first to field the WREN-TSM waveform in support of the Integrated Tactical Network.

“With the new Thales IMBITR radio, soldiers will experience continued benefits from a decisive tactical advantage that comes with using the most capable radio on the market.”

In collaboration with the Army, the company is also working on delivering the advanced WREN-TSM Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking waveform, and tactical line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight communications capabilities.

Earlier this year, Thales signed an industrial cooperation agreement with French VPN solutions provider TheGreenBow to deliver a secure communication solution.