Handheld, Manpack and Small-form Fit


The Product Manager (PdM) Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) is the total lifecycle manager for tactical radio communication systems that meet Army needs while meeting joint interest requirements from other services, including Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command (SOCOM).  Paramount to the HMS mission is providing joint service interoperable communications to the tactical edge Warfighter with an on-the-move, at-the-halt and stationary Line of Sight (LOS)/Beyond the Line of Sight (BLOS) capability for both dismounted personnel and platforms.  HMS radios provide voice communications as well as support for data services such as text, control graphics, imagery, and video to the tactical edge Warfighter through interoperability with tactical end user devices including handheld, embedded and larger computing devices such as unmanned systems.  HMS products enable net-centric operations, operate in multiple bands and multiple modes; and deliver reliable, secure tactical communications.  They are network scalable to meet operational needs and are developed based on reprogrammable modular Software Communications Architecture (SCA), allowing field and depot service to upgrade such features as security and waveforms.

The Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit (HMS) product line encompasses two product areas:  handheld radios and manpack radios. The handheld radios consist of the legacy single-channel Rifleman Radio operating Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), and the two-channel Leader Radio, operating both legacy Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), and TSM™ waveforms.  The manpack radios consist of the Generation 1 line of products, currently fielding in support of Army missions with SRW, legacy satellite communications, SINCGARS, and Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).  The state-of-the-art Generation 2 manpack provides enhanced features including legacy satellite communications, SINCGARS, MUOS and TSM™ in a smaller size, weight, and power footprint.

Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Rifleman Radio:

  • AN/PRC-154/A/C, Single-Channel SRW only (General Dynamics)

LRIP Leader Radio:

  • AN/PRC-148C(v)6, Two-Channel, SINCGARS, TSM™ (Thales)
  • AN/PRC-163(v)2, Two-Channel, SINCGARS, TSM™ (L3Harris)

LRIP Generation 1 Manpack Radio:

  • AN/PRC-155, Two-Channel, Type 1 and Type 2 (General Dynamics)

LRIP Generation 2 Manpack Radio:

  • AN/PRC158, Two-Channel, Type 1 and Type 2, SRW, MUOS, SINCGARS, SATCOM, TSM™ (L3Harris)
  • AN/PRC162, Two-Channel, Type 1 and Type 2, SRW, MUOS, SINCGARS, SATCOM, TSM™ (Collins Aerospace)


  • Simultaneous voice, data and video communications
  • Software reprogrammable, enhancing network security and sustainability
  • Increased throughput using networking waveforms such as TSM™
  • Routing and Retransmission (Crossbanding)
  • Non Development Item increased functionality to include Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) improvements, addition of a display for the Rifleman Radio, and additional waveforms (e.g. TACSAT IW for the manpack)
  • Mobile User Objective Systems (MUOS) for BLOS
  • Interoperability with legacy systems and End User Devices (EUD)