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Raytheon Lands Army Contract To Improve Battlefield Networked Communications

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Marlborough MA (SPX) Apr 20, 2009
Raytheon has been awarded an initial $12.5 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with next-generation radios that enable more efficient communication in congested battlefield environments.

"The Enhanced Position Location Reporting System Extended Frequency, or EPLRS-XF, radio gives the warfighter high-speed, on-the-move video and data exchange capabilities for a broad range of applications," said Jerry Powlen, vice president, Network Centric Systems' Integrated Communications Systems.

"We continue to evolve EPLRS and our networked communications capabilities to deliver the most advanced solutions to our troops."

EPLRS-XF uses the latest mobile ad-hoc networked technology to automatically and continually adapt to network changes. The radio offers seamless interoperability and compatibility with Internet Protocol-based systems and has an extended radio-frequency range and narrow-frequency bandwidth operating modes.

Further technology advances are underway for EPLRS-XF, including work with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for additional flexibility and capability.

More than 22,000 EPLRS radios are currently fielded across the U.S. Armed Services, providing the largest integrated tactical data network for today's highly mobile fighting force.

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