Light Assault Radio

The Light Assault Radio, or AN/PRC-521, is a modern, lightweight, tactical assault VHF Radio. It is soldier friendly, easily maintained and highly portable.

 

The radio supports both voice and data encryption and can communicate with the Combat Net Radio (Primary) in a fixed frequency mode. This is the smallest, hand-held, front-line radio available to the Army.

 

The AN/PRC-521 can be used in a variety of hand-held or manpack roles, meeting the needs of dismounted platoons and sections, security personnel, sentries, military police, and emergency forces.

 

Specifications:

  • Voice and data 30 – 88 MHz
  • 25 kHz BW, 12.5 kHz channel steps
  • Two switchable power levels
  • Two tactical antenna types available
  • Secure and non-secure modes

 

Nomenclatures:

  • AN/PRC-521 Manpack radio set

 

Physical Characteristics:

  • Transceiver Length: 170 mm
  • Transceiver Length (Battery attached): 230 mm
  • Width: 75 mm
  • Depth: 45 mm
  • Transceiver Weight: 700 g
  • Transceiver Weight (Battery attached): 1.3 kg

 

Electrical:

  • Frequency Range: 30 – 88 MHz
  • Bandwidth: 25 kHz
  • Modulation: FM (F3E)
  • Channels: 14 preset, each separately programmable by fill device, PC, or radio-to-radio cloning
  • Frequency spacing/channel steps: 12.5 kHz or 25 kHz

 

Power Supply:

  • Supply voltage: 10V nominal
  • Battery life: (1:1:8 duty cycle)
  • Secondary (Lithium) battery life (low power Tx): 24 hours minimum
  • Secondary (Lithium) battery life (high power at 25C): 20 hours
  • Primary (rechargeable) battery life (low power Tx): 12 hours minimum
  • Primary (rechargeable) battery life (high power at 25C): 10 hours

 

Transmitter:

  • Power output: 0.5 and 2 watts, min. (switchable)

 

Receiver:

  • RX sensitivity: -116dBm (0.35V) for 12 dB SINAD
  • Audio output power: 400 mW into 8 ohms
  • Audio output power: 10 mW into 300 ohms
  • Volume control: Six stepped volume levels
  • Spurious response and image rejection: Greater than 65 dB

 

External Controls:

  • Channel switch
  • On/off switch
  • Clear
  • Crypto switch
  • Zeroize
  • Push-to-talk
  • Squelch override

 

Communications Range:

  • Short flexible antenna: 500 metres nominal (plain text mode, low power)
  • Lightweight blade antenna: 10 kilometres nominal (plain text mode, high power)

 

Environmental Characteristics (to MIL-STD-810):

  • Temperature: -30C to +70C operating
  • Humidity: 90%, non-condensing
  • Immersion: 2 metres
  • Salt fog: 5% atmosphere
  • Shock: 1 metre drop

 

Accessories:

  • Short flexible antenna
  • Long blade antenna
  • Primary and secondary batteries
  • Battery chargers
  • Carrying harness
  • Frequency fill device
  • PC programmable (with software adapter)

 

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