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Thales has secured its third delivery order to provide the US Army with the AN/PRC-148D Improved Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radios (IMBITR).

The latest contract brings the number of IMBITR radio orders to more than 6,000.

This comes after Thales collaborated with the US Army to deliver simultaneous two-channel IMBITR radios to multiple operationally deployed units to gain feedback from soldiers for testing and risk reduction.

The IMBITR handheld radios are designed to provide soldiers with critical narrowband, tactical communications capabilities. They underwent US Army formal Operational Test and Evaluation this month.

Thales Defense and Security CEO Mike Sheehan said: “Thales is pleased to be a continued key contributor to the army’s Leader Radio Program and fielding’s in support of the Integrated Tactical Network.

“With the new Thales AN/PRC-148D IMBITR radio, soldiers will experience continued benefits from a decisive tactical advantage that comes with using the most capable radio on the market.”

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According to Thales, the IMBITR has an extended range of operational waveforms and is equipped with features such as beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications (SATCOM), integrated waveform SATCOM and enhanced frequency hopping modes.

The radio system can be used for simultaneous networked voice, data and video communications to improve situational awareness during operations and streamline real-time decision-making.

Currently, around 4,800 IMBITR radios are operationally deployed supporting Security Force Assistance Brigade and Infantry Brigade Combat Team/Stryker Brigade Combat Teams.

Earlier this month, Thales signed a teaming agreement with Bharat Dynamics (BDL), a Government of India enterprise, to jointly work on the STARStreak Air Defence system.