In a significant move to enhance battlefield communication capabilities, the United States Army has recently procured an additional 7,000 RT-2129 combat net radios (CNRs) from Thales. This procurement is part of a broader $6 billion dual-vendor, multi-year contract signed in May 2022.

The RT-2129 CNRs are set to play a pivotal role in the US Army’s ongoing modernization efforts by replacing the legacy Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS).

Thales, a global leader in defense technology and communication systems, has designed these radios to facilitate robust and secure communication in all types of environments while also enhancing the overall capabilities of combat weapon systems.

Thales CEO Mike Sheehan expressed via press release:

“The combat net radio continues Thales’ tradition of being responsive to emerging needs in support of the warfighter with a next-generation radio that uses existing training, installation kits, and system integration to ensure mission readiness.”

This substantial order signifies the US Army’s commitment to improving communication systems and modernizing its equipment for more efficient and effective military operations. With the addition of these 7,000 CNRs, the service now has more than 8,100 of these advanced communication systems on order from Thales.

The Evolution of Combat Net Radios

The RT-2129 CNR, based on the AN/PRC-148 Joint Tactical Radio System Enhanced Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio, is the latest variant in the Thales family of battle-proven radios.

One of the defining features of this radio system is its flexibility and software-defined nature, which provides soldiers with a tactical advantage on the evolving battlefields of the future.