Olive-Drab.com Military HQ
What's New? | Olive-Drab Directory | Adv Search  
  Home >> Electronics >> AN/PRC-148

Vehicles Weapons History Uniforms/Gear Rations War Dogs Photos/Video Info/Intel FAQ Store Facebook/Blogs

Military Theme
T-Shirts & Stuff
Visit Olive-Drab.com's sister site for
over 9,000 free military vehicle photos!

AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR)

The AN/PRC-148 is a small and light full-featured Combat Net Radio (CNR) operating contiguously over the 30-512 MHz frequency range. The radio has imbedded US Type-1 COMSEC protection and is capable of both voice and data modes of operation. The AN/PRC-148 provides a hand held, highly flexible tactical radio useful over a very broad range of combat environments.

The AN/PRC-148 is the cornerstone of a complete system solution for the warfighter which includes a Vehicle Adapter with a unique, cable-free, rapid radio dismount capability; dual radio AN/VRC-111 Vehicle Adapter Amplifier; Base Station for fixed applications; Tactical Repeater for range extension; and compact, rugged Man Portable System for dismounted operations requiring higher power output.

USMC SGT Brandon Shofne, 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, uses an MBITR AN/PRC-148 to report descriptions of  ordnance found during a weapon cache sweep in Kharma, Iraq, 6 Dec 2005
USMC SGT Brandon Shofne, 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, uses an MBITR AN/PRC-148 to report descriptions of ordnance found during a weapon cache sweep in Kharma, Iraq, 6 Dec 2005.

Today in WW II: 31 Oct 1940 End of Battle of Britain, Hitler's air war against London, other British cities, and the Royal Air Force [RAF].  More 
31 Oct 1941 Destroyer USS Reuben James [DD-245] on Lend-Lease convoy escort duty sunk by German submarine U-552 with the loss of 100 of her crew, the first US naval casualty in the yet undeclared war.
Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.

AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR)

Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit perform a radio check on their AN/PRC-148 radio during a tactical command post exercise at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, 30 April 2007
Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit perform a radio check on their AN/PRC-148 radio during a tactical command post exercise at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, 30 April 2007.

The AN/PRC-148 was developed by Thales Communications, Inc., Clarksburg, MD, originally designated as the Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR). First fielded in 2001, the AN/PRC-148 MBITR replaced complex man-pack radios weighing up to 60 pounds with a two pound handheld unit and simplified operations. The AN/PRC-148 program advanced to the next generation with the AN/PRC-148 Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Enhanced MBITR, or JEM. As a software defined radio, JEM can be enhanced with legacy waveforms and software -- ensuring interoperability with presently fielded radios -- as well as with newly developed and future capabilities.

PRC-148 radios are used in Afghanistan for intrasquad communications, such as those in patrols. Instead of hand signals, these Type One encrypted radios, which use the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) waveform, allow foot patrolling Soldiers and Marines to communicate back to their vehicle. As of 2009, more than 150,000 AN/PRC-148 radios are deployed or on order.

The AN/PRC-148 contains embedded Type I COMSEC and is interoperable with SINCGARS and HAVEQUICK II (frequency-hopping system) in the single-channel and the ECCM frequency hopping modes. It can be configured for vehicular applications (with the AN/VRC-111 Vehicle Adapter Amplifier and Range Extender) and has spawned a range of accessories to expand its capabilities and ease of use.

The AN/PRC-148 JEM was the first JTRS-compatible radio certified for compliance with SCA Software Communications Architecture (with waivers) and successfully completed comprehensive U.S. Government testing and qualification.

AN/PRC-148 Product Family

This chart indicates the model numbers for the major receiver-transmitter assemblies of the AN/PRC-148 product family. The National Stock Numbers (NSN) for some of these items is in another table lower down on the page.

Model NumberDescriptionNSN
AN/PRC-148 (V)1(C)5 Watt MBITR Maritime, immersible in salt water to 20 meters for 2 hours5820-01-487-097
AN/PRC-148 (V)2(C)5 Watt MBITR Urban, immersible in salt water to 2 meters for 30 minutes5820-01-487-0973
AN/PRC-148 (V)3(C)5 Watt JEM Maritime, immersible in salt water to 20 meters for 2 hours5895-01-554-7926
AN/PRC-148 (V)4(C)5 Watt JEM Urban, immersible in salt water to 2 meters for 30 minutes5895-01-554-7949
AN/PRC–68095 Watt PRC-6809-ABR-BAS, MBITR Maritime, immersible in salt water to 20 meters for 2 hours (Limited COMSEC)5820-01-523-5276
AN/PRC–68095 Watt PRC-6809-BBR-BAS, MBITR Urban, immersible in salt water to 2 meters for 30 minutes (Limited COMSEC)5820-01-523-5722
MA703520 Watt Man Portable System 
MA703620 Watt AN/VRC-111 Vehicle Adapter Amplifier 
MA694320 Watt Vehicle Adapter 
MA7134-DVA50 Watt AN/VRC-111 Vehicle Adapter Amplifier–Dual Channel Version 
MA7134-SCA50 Watt AN/VRC-111 Vehicle Adapter Amplifier–Single Channel Version 
GRC678120 Watt Base Station 
TRC673020 Watt Tactical Repeater 
MA6795Remote Control Unit (RCU) with GPS 

NSNs in this table from Thales Communications, Inc. product catalog. Other NSNs have been used for some of the AN/PRC-148 family.

AN/PRC-148 Operating Chracteristics

Modulation TypesAM and FM (Software)
Transmit Output Power0.1, 0.5, 1.0, 3.0 & 5.0 watts (FM)
1.0 & 5.0 watts (AM)
User Selectable
Emergency Beacons and GPSAM Swept Tone Beacon
GPS Interface to PLGR
Programmable Channels100 Memory Preset Channels
Menu Selectable Groups
User ProgrammableFrom Front Panel Menu, PC Programmer, or Radio-Radio Cloning
ControlsOn/Off/Volume/Whisper/Zeroize Knob
16-Position Channel Select Knob
Large Tactile Push-To-Talk Switch
Squelch Override Push-button
Backlit 7 Button Keypad (NVG Compatible)
2 Software Configurable Option Keys
Indicators32 x 80 Pixel Backlit LCD (NVG Compatible)
Intuitive Menu Driven User Interface
Channel Name/Frequency
Group Name
Clear/Secure Mode
Key Location
Battery Capacity
Transmit Power
Connectors50 Ohm TNC Antenna
10 Pin Multi-function
Immersion Sealed Top Connector (20M)
6-Pin Multi-function Top Connector (2M)
18-Pin Side Connector for Extended Capabilities and Upgrades
COMSECUS Type 1
VINSON & FED-STD-1023
Selective Key Zeroization
Panic Radio Zeroization with Mechanical Interlock Protection
Receive OTAR Compatible
6 Key Locations

AN/PRC-148
AN/PRC-148

AN/PRC-148 Physical Chracteristics

Length*8.44 inches (21.44 cm)
Width*2.63 inches (6.68 cm)
Depth*1.52 inches (3.86 cm)
Volume*33.74 cu. inches (552.8 cubic cm)
Weight*30.6 ounces (867.5 gm)
Operating Temperature-31° to +60° C
Storage Temperature-33° to +71° C
Humidity95# non-condensing
Shock & VibrationEIA-603-1992
Altitude30,000 Feet

* with battery. All specifications from Thales Communications, Inc.

AN/PRC-148 Accessories

BatteriesRechargeable Lithium-Ion 3000 mAH >8 Hours Life at 5 Watts*
Non-Rechargeable Battery Holder Commercial Lithium Cells 10 Hour Life at 5 Watts *
Antenna Sets30-90 MHz
30-512 MHz
Base station, vehicluar and SATCOM
Other AccessoriesVehicle Adapter
Radio Holster
Radio System Carrying Bag
AC Powered Single Battery Charger
AC/DC Powered 6-way Battery Charger
Audio Accessories
Adapters, Cables, and Connectors

* Standard Duty Cycle (8:1:1). All specifications from Thales Communications, Inc.

Find More Information on the Internet

There are many fine websites that have additional information on this topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go. Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there.

For good results, try entering this: an/prc-148. Then click the Search button.

Find at Amazon:  Military Issue equipment, clothing, boots, MREs, MOLLE gear and much more.

  Home >> Electronics >> AN/PRC-148 What's New? | Olive-Drab Directory | Adv Search