MNVRMid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio
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The contract includes an initial order for up to 232 MNVR radio systems for the upcoming Network Integration Evaluation 15.1 in the fall of 2014.
The two-channel MNVR solution is based on Harris' combat-proven Falcon III wideband networking technology.
As noted above, the MNVR component of the erstwhile JTRS programme, which is being provided by Harris, has been subjected to some criticism, with some sources close to the US Army informing Armada that the force may choose to stop the procurement of the MNVR if it does not meet army requirements and instead procure the new manpack radio selected for the HMS FRP in a vehicular, as well as a manpack, configuration.
Harris successfully communicated as required at rates of two megabits per second between separate Harris MNVR systems and with other radios, such as the Ground Mobile Radio (AN-VRC-107).
"The commercial technology in this field is evolving so quickly you really can't spend eight years building a radio," said Dave Prater, vice president for networked communications at ITT Exelis, which has a product aimed at the rifleman radio effort and has teamed with Northrop Grumman on a bid for the new MNVR. "It's old before it hits the streets."
With the GMR terminated, the US Army has moved ahead with the Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio (MNVR) as its replacement.
In addition the service has to acquire 68,000 manpack transceivers and up to 2,000 vehicular systems as part of the MNVR scheme, not to mention the potential acquisition of up to 7,000 networking radios for airborne forces.