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AN/PRC-68 Family of Squad Radios
The AN/PRC-68 and later members of that series are rugged, small squad radios, intended to be used over short distances for tactical communication within a military unit. It is the successor to the World War II SCR-536 / BC-611 and the AN/PRC-6. This radio is sometimes referred to as the Joint Tactical Radio System.
AN/PRC-68 Family of Squad Radios History
The AN/PRC-68 project began in the middle 1970s as a Marine Corps effort to develop a squad radio to replace the unsatisfactory helmet-mounted AN/PRR-9 receiver and receiver/transmitter hand-held AN/PRT-4 (both developed by the Army). The AN/PRC-68 was first produced in 1976 by Magnavox, was issued to the Marines in the 1980s and it was adopted by the US Army as well.
AN/PRC-68 Family Description
The PRC-68 radio was the first of a series of tactical solid state FM sets, consisting of the PRC-68A, PRC-68B, PRC-126, PRC-128, and PRC-136 all manufactured by Magnavox.
All of the radios in the series have in common:
Characteristics of the AN/PRC-68 Family
The following table gives general characteristics for the AN/PRC-68 family. The next section discusses some of the differences between models.
Ancillary equipment including hand sets (H-189 or H-250), test sets, vehicular mounts, antenna options, and batteries are produced for this radio family as specified in the Technical Manuals:
Differences Between Models in the AN/PRC-68 Family
This table lists the main models of the AN/PRC-68 family of squad radios. Other models have been produced for experimental or short production purposes.
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