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NEWS | Jan. 24, 2023

SINCGARS: M917 Dump Truck Not on List

BLUF: There is no SINCGARS installation kit for the M917 dump truck.

M917 dump truck
Photo by Capt. Jose Lopez Jr.
Dear Half-Mast,

I’m looking for the correct Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) installation kit (IK) for the M917 dump truck. I’ve reviewed SB 11-131-2, Vehicular Radio Sets and Authorized Installations Volume II: SINCGARS FHMUX and EPLRS (Sep 05), but I couldn't find any reference for the dump truck IK.

Is the driver supposed to use the SINCGARS manpack instead?

Dear Sir,

Before answering your direct question, I reviewed all the technical documents we have for the SINCGARS IKs and couldn't find one for the M917 dump truck. I confirmed this fact with a subject matter expert who previously worked on SINCGARS integrations. The development of the SINCGARS IK for the M917 dump truck hasn’t happened and isn’t planned anytime soon.
Now to your question: The SINCGARS manpack isn’t designed for vehicular use. Having a driver wear the SINCGARS manpack isn’t an option due to potential safety issues that could result in injury or death.
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