Handheld, Manpack and Small-form Fit

Description

The Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit (HMS) radio program is a materiel solution providing software-defined radio systems that are tailorable and scalable to support the “fight tonight.” HMS encompasses specific requirements to support the US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and are interoperable with specified radios in the current forces.

Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit (HMS) provides voice and data communications to the expeditionary Warfighter with an on-the-move, at-the-halt Line of Sight (LOS) / Beyond the Line of Sight (BLOS) capability for both dismounted personnel and platforms. HMS radio systems are software reprogrammable, networkable multi-mode systems capable of simultaneous voice, tactical messaging, and streaming data.

Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit (HMS) encompasses the Handheld (HH) radios and Manpack Radios. HMS radios will provide voice and support for data services such as text, control graphics, imagery, video, and telemetry to Warfighters and tactical end user devices including handheld, embedded, and larger computing devices, as well as unmanned systems.

Single Channel Rifleman Radio (RR)

  • AN/PRC-154 (General Dynamics)
  • 1 Channel Handheld dismounted and mounted configurations
  • NSA Type 1 radio
  • Provides secure voice and data communications via Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW)
  • Connects soldiers at the lowest echelon of the Army network
  • Rifleman Radio supports end user devices, such as Nett Warrrior

Leader Radio (LR)

  • 2 Channel Handheld dismounted and mounted configurations
  • Provides secure voice and data via SRW or TSM™ and SINCGARS waveforms
  • Connects soldiers at the lowest echelon of the Army network
  • Leader Radio supports end user devices, such as Nett Warrrior
  • Beyond the baseline capabilities required for Leader Radio, the vendors have proposed several additional waveforms that their platforms currently are able to support. These include: Project-25, legacy SATCOM, Integrated Waveform (IW) SATCOM, Air Traffic Control, and SATURN

Generation 1 Manpack Radios

  • AN/PRC-155 (General Dynamics)
  • 2 Channel dismounted and mounted configurations
  • NSA Type 1 radio
  • Provides secure voice and data communications via Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), Satellite Communications (SATCOM), Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)
  • Software upgradable for additional waveforms and capabilities

Generation 2 Manpack Radios

  • AN/PRC-158 (Harris) and AN/PRC-162 (Rockwell Collins)
  • 2 Channel dismounted and mounted configurations
  • NSA Type 1 radio
  • Provides secure voice and data communications via SRW, SINCGARS, SATCOM and SATCOM Integrated Waveform (IW), MUOS, Enterprise Over-The-Air Management (OTAM), and other advanced networking waveforms
  • Software upgradable for additional waveforms and capabilities, including TSM™
  • The HMS Generation 2 Manpack reduces the 24hr mission weight from 19.5 lbs. to 16 lbs. through hardware improvements and battery life improvement from 6 to 8 hours

Capabilities

  • Simultaneous voice, tactical messaging, and streaming data
  • Increased throughput using networking waveforms
  • Interoperable with currently fielded radios operating with SINCGARS and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) SATCOM
  • Enables SRW, MUOS, and SATCOM IW
  • Support future waveforms and performance upgrades through software implementation and updates
  • Simultaneous Dual-Channel operations
  • Manpack Routing and Retransmission (Cross-banding)
  • Manpack Multi-Channel and Multi-Waveform operations

Last Updated: April 11, 2018