Thales AN/PRC-148E SPEAR
Thales AN/PRC-148E Spear V2 Data Sheet

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Data Sheet (get PDF)

Single Channel Handheld Radio
Small Form Factor Tactical Communications

The AN/PRC-148E is a combat-proven handheld radio that is the smallest, lightest, tactical handheld radio covering the 30–512 MHz frequency range. The software defined radio supports a wide variety of tactical Line of Site and SATCOM waveforms providing interoperability with a full range of legacy tactical radios. The suite of waveforms available on the AN/PRC-148E is the result of over 15 years of waveform and software development and its programmable cryptography supports the requirements of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Crypto Modernization program. The AN/PRC-148E Spear features simple to use human machine interface—minimize training requirements, enables rapid fielding, and provide the reliability that warfighters have trusted for many years.

Key Features / Operational Advantages:

  • Smallest/lightest form factor crypto modernization compliant single channel 30–512 radio and operationally used across the highest tier of DoD and civilian tactical units.
  • Incorporates L-Band SATCOM (LTAC) into the same small form factor providing users with an alternative commercial SATCOM capability when traditional military SATCOM links are not available.
  • Supports a Radio over IP (RoIP) mode when connected with MANET radios operationally used across DoD and civilian agencies providing users the ability to seamlessly  transport data across the area of operation.
  • Enhanced keypad and Over The Air Cloning (OTAC) allows for rapid configuration changes in a tactical environment further improving a field proven easy to operate user experience.
  • Maintains existing menu structures that have been widely used throughout the DoD reducing training time and costs.
  • Interoperable with all legacy single channel and next generation two channel 30–512 radios from Thales and other radio vendors.
  • Compatible with DISA’s non-proprietary PDA-184 to send data via BLOS transmission allowing users to send data over legacy SATCOM channels.
  • Delivered with a small 3-cell battery that still provide 6.5 hours of operation. In addition, compatible with existing, fielded 6-cell batteries for extended operating time of 13 hours.

Technical Specifications

Physical Parameters

Length: 8.50 inches (21.59 cm) (with battery attached, excluding antennas) (2M version) 8.65 inches (21.97 cm) (with battery attached, excluding antennas) (20M version)
Width: 2.65 inches (6.73 cm)
Depth: 1.75 inches (4.45 cm)
Weight: 2.22 pounds (1007 g) — Radio and Battery (1043 g)

Environmental Specifications

Operating Temperature: -31° to +55° C
Storage Temperature: -33° to +71° C
Immersion: 20M/20M

Waveforms/Modes of Operation

  • TSM
    • Infrastucture-less MANET
    • High-speed wireless IP networking
    • Self-Forming, self-healing
    • Scalable to 200+ nodes
    • Robust in harsh environments
    • Fast, seamless network join/merge
    • Instant adaptation to network topology change
  • MIL-STD-188-241-1/-2 (SINCGARS — Standard/FH2E EOM)
  • MIL-STD-188-181C, -182B, -183B (SATCOM IW)
  • ANDVT (LPC-10, MELP)
  • AM/FM
  • Project 25
  • Over-The-Air-Cloning (OTAC) — NB only
  • Situational Awareness
  • Retransmission — NB only
  • AM Swept Tone Beacon

Narrowband Channel

Frequency Range: 30 MHz–512 MHz
Transmit Power: Up to 5 watt in all frequencies, 10 watt in SATCOM
Step Size: 5 kHz and 6.25 kHz
RF Channel Bandwidth: 25 kHz and 12.5 kHz
Channel Spacing: 5 kHz, 12.5 kHz, 25 kHz (8.33 kHz future waveform)

Wideband Channel

Transmit Power: Up to 2 watt
Operating Frequencies: : L-UHF: 225–450 MHz, U-UHF: 698–970 MHz, L/S Bands: 1250–2600 MHz
Network Throughput: up to 16 Mbps
Encryption Security: AES-256
Dedicated PTT Voice Channels: supports up to 32 talk groups, AMR 5.9 or MELPe
Occupied Bandwidth: 1.2–40 MHz
Net entry time <1 sec
Supports up to 8 hops for voice and data
Scalable to 200+ nodes in a single RF channel
Unicast, Multicast, Broadcast IP data support
Multiple simultaneous streaming videos
Position Location Information (PLI) support with Cursor-on-Target (CoT)
OTA Remote Control


Enhanced Capabilities

UBC with Spear Batteries

Thales AN/PRC-148e Spear Batteries with UBC

UBC Lite with Spear Batteries

Thales AN/PRC-148E Spear with UBC Lite and Spear Batteries

Conformal Wearable
Battery (CWB)

Thales AN/PRC-170 Javelin Conformal Battery

Size: .07 x 7.60 x 8.70 inches
Operating time: 28–34 hours

Nett Warrior Kit

Thales AN/PRC-170 Javelin Nett Warrior Kit

Adapter (no cells)
and 148 Battery

Thales AN/PRC-170 Javelin Adapter and 148 Battery

Size: 1.67 x 2.7 x 4.34 inches
Operating time: 20–24 hours
Part number: 4103258-501