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Tactical Communications Modernization (TCM)

Last Revised: January 17, 2017, 8:40 am
  • Corporal Benjamin G. Michael, a special intelligence systems administrator with 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, explains the parts and functions of the AN/PRC-150C High Frequency Radio during a communication exercise at LZ Osprey, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 9, 2014. The Marines cycled through five classes during the exercise, including radio operations and functions, medical evacuation procedures and calling in for fire support. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kai
    Corporal Benjamin G. Michael, a special intelligence systems administrator with 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, explains the parts and functions of the AN/PRC-150C High Frequency Radio during a communication exercise at LZ Osprey, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 9, 2014. The Marines cycled through five classes during the exercise, including radio operations and functions, medical evacuation procedures and calling in for fire support. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kaitlyn Klein)
Description: 

Tactical Communications Modernization (TCM) is a capabilities portfolio consisting of tactical Line of Sight (LOS) voice and data transmission systems.  TCM was initially established to procure interim radio systems to bridge the gap between legacy systems and Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) hardware deliveries.  The program schedule and budget profile for TCM procures multiple families of radio systems to support the primary operational voice and data communications requirements for mounted and dismounted forces (including Tactical Satellite Communications).  TCM procurements enable a joint networking capability and support National Security Agency (NSA) Communications Security (COMSEC) Modernization requirements.  Programs and systems associated with TCM include:  High Frequency Radio, Multiband Radio, Multiband Radio II,  Integrated, Intra-Squad Radio, Enhanced Position Location Reporting System, Tactical Handheld Radios, and Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System.

Operational Impact: 

Provide Tactical Communications Systems (TCS) and life cycle support that provide voice and data communications capability to the warfighter in order to facilitate command and control from the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) to Squad Level.​

Program Milestone Status: 

Multiband Radio II (MBR II) (Active ACAT IV(M)):  Multiple systems within the MBR II portfolio are in sustainment.  The program has two primary efforts underway: USMC transition to Mobile User Objective System; AN/MRC-145B narrowband voice and wideband data retransmission integration.  MUOS transition is expected to occur using the existing AAO of AN/PRC-117G based systems through a Pre-Planned Product Improvement (software defined radio firmware upgrade) with separate Antenna sub-system competitive acquisition.  Joint Tactical Radio System Enterprise Network Manager (JENM) acquisition is also included in the USMC MUOS transition effort.  The AN/MRC-145B integration effort is expected to culminate in a successful design and transition to formal developmental test in 3QFY15; fielding is anticipated to begin 3QFY16.

Tactical Handheld Radio (THHR):  Multiple Systems within the THHR portfolio are in sustainment.  THHR Maritime is an active AAP; procurement decision for AN/PRC-148(V)3(C) to replace AN/PRC-148(V)1(C) was made 2QFY15 with Fielding anticipated 3QFY15.
 
Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS):  EPLRS is in the Operations and Support Phase.  The EPLRS Network Manager completed a hardware technical refresh in 2QFY15 to comply with the Windows 7 64 bit mandate.  EPLRS is expected to transition to disposal starting 1QFY17.

High Frequency Radio (HFR):  HFR is in the Operations and Support Phase.

Multiband Radio (MBR):  MBR is in the Operations and Support Phase.

Integrated, Intra-Squad Radio (IISR):  IISR is in the Operations and Support Phase.

Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS):  SINCGARS is in disposal.

Program Procurement: 
IOC 3QFY11 (AN/PRC-117G) 4QFY11 (OK-689/PRC) 2QFY12 (AN/VRC-114(V)1) FOC 2QFY13 (AN/PRC-117G) 4QFY11 (OK-689/PRC) 3QFY15 (AN/VRC-114(V)1) 1QFY18 (AN/PRC-148(V)3(C) N/A (AN/VRC-114(V)2) N/A (AN/MRC-145B) N/A (MUOS) 3QFY12 (AN/PRC-148(V)3(C)) 1QFY18 (AN/VRC-114(V)2) 1QFY18 (AN/MRC-145B) 1QFY19 (MUOS)

Related Parts:

Part Name Developer/Manufacturer Location Congressional District Electoral Votes
TCM Motorola Solutions Schaumburg, Illinois District 8 20
TCM Harris Corporation Tampa, Florida District 14 29
TCM Thales Raytheon Fullerton, California District 39 55
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