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Centaur® Light Weight VHF Portable Radio (LWVP)

The Centaur Light Weight VHF Portable Radio (LWVP) is a highly secure body worn section commander’s radio integrating voice and data, embedded GPS for both individual and system level Situational Awareness (SA) and Radio Based Combat ID (RBCI).

The LWVP is a truly versatile radio that can be used independently or as part of a fully informed data and voice communications system.

Exelis is the VHF world market leader with more than 650,000 radios deployed worldwide. The LWVP is a fully secure, wearable voice and data radio providing Situation Awareness (SA) for dismounted soldiers who require the highest level of security. This radio is available using either fully certified Type 1 or 3 embedded encryption, allowing the radio to operate in three different secure modes – fixed frequency, frequency hopping and free channel search – providing safe reliable communications for dismounted forces.

Every radio is stringently tested to surpass military specifications. The operational temperature of all radios exceeds -40°C to +71°C. The LWVP is robust, reliable and can be trusted in the most hostile of environments. Flexibility is key on the battlefield; the LWVP is software programmable and can be easily upgraded. The versatility of this radio enables integration with the family of Centaur radios for use on land, in air and at sea.

Lwvp Overview

  • Compact, flexible, lightweight tactical radio
  • Fully secure in both voice and data
  • Resistant to jamming and interference
  • Supports Situation Awareness (SA)
  • Robust, reliable and battle proven
  • Centaur radios are available and interoperate with ground, sea and air applications
  • Better radio reliability provides serious longterm customer savings
  • Reduces complexity while increasing capability

Operational Benefits

  • Embedded GPS and IP router
  • Open architecture IP data networking
  • TCP/IP Internet compatible
  • Fully secure with world-leading type 1 and 3 (AES 256 bit encryption)
  • Multiple ECCM modes – secure fixed frequency, frequency hopping, free channel search
  • Temperature range exceeds full military specification and environmental climates
  • Backward compatible with existing analogue radios (STANAG 4204)
  • CVSD and MELP voice modes resist enemy jamming
  • SA and RBCI

Ease of Use

  • Simple to use with standard controls for all VHF radios
  • Wide range of ancillaries (headsets, handsets, antennas, and chargers)
  • Software programmable - upgradeable in the field
  • Standardised simple to use radio interface

LWVP System Includes

  • 1 LWVP
  • 1 Battery
  • 1 Gooseneck
  • 1 KDU
  • 1 Antenna
  • 1 In line GPS antenna
  • Cable Assembly


Physical Characteristics

  • Size: 44mm x 94mm x 194mm
  • Weight: 0.9 kg

System Characteristics

  • Model Type: Portable
  • Frequency: 30 - 88 MHz
  • Power Out: 5 Watts
  • Data Rate: 16 kbps
  • ECCM: Multiple levels of protection
  • Embedded Comsec: Yes
  • Embedded Transec: Yes
  • Embedded GPS: Yes
  • Functions: Voice, data
  • Platform: Personal worn equipment
  • Operational Temperature: -40°C to +71°C including solar
  • Storage Temperature: -55°C to +71°C including solar
  • Environmental: DEF STAN 00-35
  • EMI/EMC: DEF STAN 59-41
  • Power: Smart Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery: 6AH
  • Hold Up Battery: Integral Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • Reliability (MTBF): >5000 hours
  • Maintainability (MTTR):
    • Remove & replace < 15 minutes
    • No preventative maintenance or adjustments
  • Test:
    • Full Built-In-Test (BIT)
    • Fault isolation


View the Centaur Light Weight VHF Portable Radio data sheet.



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