Handheld Radio Modules Enable Worldwide Communications for Soldiers in the Field

L3Harris’ mission module connects its AN/PRC-163 radio to the US Space Force’s Distributed Tactical Communications Systems network, enabling secure communication without having to carry a separate Iridium satellite radio By DA Reporter / 17 Oct 2022
Iridium Distributed Tactical Communications Systems

At AUSA 2022, L3Harris Technologies unveiled its new Iridium Distributed Tactical Communications Systems (DTCS) mission module that enables push-to-talk voice and data for warfighters worldwide.

The mission module connects the L3Harris AN/PRC-163 multi-channel handheld tactical radio to the US Space Force’s DTCS network, providing warfighters in the field secure voice and data communication without having to carry a separate Iridium satellite radio. 

Warfighters armed with the AN/PRC-163 and DTCS mission module can now communicate using any combination of satellite communications, mobile ad-hoc network, or line-of-sight modes even in situations when one or more connection methods are not available. 

Small, power efficient and easy to use, the mission module attaches directly to the AN/PRC-163, or through a tethered cable, and controlled from the radio’s existing control panel.

The mission module, a part of the Assured Reach family of communications technologies, complements L3Harris’ Falcon radio product line, delivering networked communications to more than 700,000 US and allied users around the world.

“This new capability enables warfighters to stay connected anywhere on the battlefield and provides commanders extraordinary versatility exercising command and control,” said Ed Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris. “The ability to stay connected in virtually any situation allows for better planning and responsive execution of missions.”

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