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The current in service Voice Radio system for the British Army. To be replaced by Bowman in 2065.

Brought into service between 1980 and 1983 (approx) and was a massive leap forward in technology replacing the former Larkspur system which was based on valve technology. Covered the spectrum to give communications over HF, VHF and UHF. Allowed both Clear and Secure Voice and Data, with HF variants also being used for CW if required.

Two main types of variants were Manpack radios and the larger, higher powered Vehicle equipments.

Most ancillaries were adaptable between systems. A complex remote system was also produced to allow Armoured vehicles to have both crew and passenger communications between themselves and live on the main radio nets.

The system actually worked when first brought into service but is now flagging due to age.


PRC 320 HF Manpack
PRC 344 UHF Ground to Air Manpack
PRC 349 VHF Manpack Otherwise known as Radio, Range Less Than Shouting Distance
PRC 350 VHF Manpack
PRC 351 VHF Manpack
PRC 352 VHF (Amplified) Manpack
VRC 321 HF
VRC 322 (Amplified) HF
VRC 353 VHF
ARC 340 VHF FM

What the names mean:-

PRC - Personal Radio Communications
VRC - Vehicle Radio Communications
ARC - Airborne Radio Communications
The first number, a 3 denotes a military field radio
The second number denotes the frequency band (except the 349 which was an additional radio out of series) 2= HF, 3 = VHF and 4 = UHF.
The last number denotes the number of the radio in the series.