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The AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR) is a hand held secure radio in use with SOCOM special operations units and other US forces.

The MBITR was developed by SOCOM and Thales Communications in the late 90s and was first fielded in the 2000s. They are in extensive use by US Special Operations Forces where its compact size and light weight make them ideal for small units.

AN/PRC-148 MBITR Specifications

TAMCN: A20437G A20447G
NSN: 5810-09-000-0353 / 5810-09-000-0354
Technology: Digital
Spectrum: VHF-UHF 30 MHz - 512 MHz
Orientation: Omni-directional
Mobility: Handheld
Power: Low - .1, .5, 1, 3, & 5 Watts
Distance: LOS to 12 Miles
Operational Mode: Voice, Low rate data (w/Modem)
Encryption: Embedded NSA Approved Type I
Quantity Fielded: 11496
AAO: 5620
TCM AAO Validation: 11496 of the overall AAO capability of 21263

AN/PRC-148 MBITR - Images And Further Information

US Marine with MBITR
A US Marine uses a MBITR to radio his HQ while on operation in Iraq.

Special Forces with MBITR
A U.S. Army Special Forces soldier pictured during a training exercise- note the MBITR attached to his assault vest and linked to a headset. Every member of a SOF team will carry a MBITR and can keep in constant communication with each other.
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Released

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