Tobyhanna Army Depot provides C4ISR support in the way of refurbishment, sustainment and logistics to the joint force. Some of the systems included in this effort are radios.

In a unique opportunity, C4ISRNET was invited to Tobyhanna to view these systems and the workforce that supports them.

Some of these systems include the SINCGARS radios — the primary ground force radios, Harris PRC-117 satellite radios for ground vehicles, the Enhanced Position Location Reporting System and the vehicular intercom system.

In the last two years, Tobyhanna worked on 20,000 of these systems, as they are in every tactical vehicle in the field. Tobyhanna will be supporting these until 2020.

Tobyhanna also works on legacy, analog systems such as the GRC-171, an airborne system used by the Air Force. According to personnel at the depot, this technology still used by the military is from 1965, which is what makes Tobyhanna's work on analog and legacy systems so unique. Many of these systems are difficult to repair or even acquire parts for, but Tobyhanna can perform the work.

When systems are received at the depot for repair or sustainment after being in the field, they are completely overhauled inside and out with the latest software updates as required, then sent back to the field, officials said.


Sustaining and repairing radios

Tobyhanna Army Depot provides sustainment and repair of handheld, vehicle-mounted and airborne radios. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)