PRC-2083+ – 50 W VHF Re-broadcast System

The Barrett PRC-2083+ Re-broadcast system is typically used to link two low band VHF networks providing extended range to overcome communication difficulties due to distance or terrain. The two networks can use different security options (frequency hopping and encryption) providing a field deployable interoperability solution.

The re-broadcast system utilizes two PRC-2084+ 50 Watt systems and incorporates a nine band co-location filter assembly and AC/DC power supply with battery backup facilities all housed in a MIL-SPEC ruggedised transportable case allowing for easy deployment in any field environment.

The standard package comprises:-

PRC-2080+ VHF transceiver x 2
Vehicle docking station x 2
50 W VHF amplifier x 2
Advanced tactical handset x 2
AC power supply

Bandpass filter panel
Transportation casing
Rugged external amplified speaker x 2
Tactical Installation Kit



The PRC-2080+ Tactical VHF radio system has multiple levels of encryption and frequency hopping security available. Analogue voice and digital unencrypted data are fitted as standard.

The following levels of encryption are available:-

– Analogue Voice – Fixed Frequency (AFF)
– Digital Unencrypted Data – Fixed Frequency
– Digital Encrypted Voice – Fixed Frequency (DEFF)
– Digital Encrypted Voice – Frequency Hopping (DEFH)**
– Digital Encrypted Voice – Free Channel Search (DEFCS)
– Digital Encrypted Data – Fixed Frequency
– Digital Encrypted Data – Frequency Hopping**

** Requires an Australian Department of Defence Export licence.

For basic operation of the PRC-2080+, only the front panel controls are required. Field programming, advanced menu options, selective calling and group calling features are accessible via the PRC-2080’s supplied advanced handset.

The PRC-2080+ is an ideal replacement to the PRC-77 and its variants, which are now obsolete and susceptible to interception and jamming.

Users will appreciate the PRC-2080+ transceiver’s solid construction, simplicity and accessibility. Maintenance is quick and simple with only three internal modules which can be exchanged without any special tools. All inter-module connectors are gold plated and there are no wiring looms or complex back plane assemblies.

In designing the PRC-2080+, emphasis has been placed on ensuring low cost of ownership over a long service life. The transceivers software defined architecture ensures compatibility with legacy, current and future communication systems.

The PRC-2080+’s main circuitry is contained in three modules – the radio frequency (RF), digital signal processor (DSP) and power amplifier (PA) modules. A very high level of integration is used to minimise component count and to increase reliability.

The embedded software is controlled by the DSP module, which uses a low current, high speed DSP core engine. Speech coding and all frequency hopping and encryption functions are processed by the DSP under the control of a hostmicroprocessor. The RF module contains a high dynamic range front end with DDS (Direct Digital Synthesiser) system which achieves fast frequency switching times whilst maintaining low current consumption.

The PRC-2080+’s RF design takes into account the hostile electromagnetic environment and achieves excellent ECM resistance and co-siting performance. The PRC-2080+’s RF, DSP and software design make it one of the most cost effective, secure, high performance VHF transceiver’s available in the tactical military market today.


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