Rifleman Radio latest tool in Army's communications arsenal

Tuesday - 3/6/2012, 7:37pm EST

Col. John Zavarelli, program manager, Joint Program Executive Office, Handheld Manpack Small

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The Army is preparing a new generation of communication devices to connect soldiers in combat.

A major component of the new Capability Set 13 is the Rifleman Radio, which has been completely redesigned to include improvements in size, weight, battery life and enhanced radio frequency.

Col. John Zavarelli, the program manager for the Joint Program Executive Office Handheld Manpack Small, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the Rifleman Radio and larger Joint Tactical Radio Systems, or JTRS, program.

Zavarelli discussed the "milestone" procurement for the radio as well as the next step in the testing process.

Click here to watch Zavarelli give a video update on JTRS

Click here for a fact sheet on the JTRS program