What Radios Do The Military Use?

In the military, staying connected and having reliable communications is critical. Sometimes, it could be the difference between life and death. Two-way radios offer a line of communication over a range of distances, over difficult terrain and in hugely challenging environments, and for this reason are the popular choice with militaries worldwide.

Military communications can be hugely complex and involve several signals and frequencies which means that the software and technology required is highly advanced. Radios are required as these frequencies are encrypted providing higher security levels, unlike a mobile device which could be easily interfered with. Much of the communications between military personnel are highly classified, containing commands, instructions and information that must be protected.

As well as this, militaries operate in various locations including the dessert, the ocean, and in complex fields such as towns and cities, meaning that these militaries all over the globe opt for various radio systems, mostly depending on requirements such as required security level, contextual environment, and the distance the communications will have to travel. A combination of these requirements mean that different military personnel will select different models to ensure that their communications are as clear as possible. In challenging environments and highly time-critical situations, military personnel need to be able to always rely upon their radio devices, so choosing the correct model is vital.

What makes a radio suitable for use in the military?

Radio systems have a range of features and specifications to enable users to select the model most fitting for their requirements. For example, if the military require a radio system that will hold up in tough terrain, many choose high frequency radio options. For those that demand a higher level of security, P25 radios are often favored, for the quality encryption and great security features. Militaries also use satellite communications to cover long distances, demonstrating the scope of military radio communications, and reinstating that military radio types are not a “one size fits all” requirement.

Hundreds of radio models and types are used by the military, however, largely, one of the most popular radio systems is the previously mentioned P25. For mission critical operations, the industry leader – Motorola, often provides the model of choice, the APX P25.

The P25 was developed by the Association of Public-Safety Communication Officials-International (APCO) in the USA. P25, representing “Project 25”, was designed to bring mission-led personnel an affordable, easy to use two-way radio solution, and refers to a standard devised for secure radio communications in North America.  The model is now used globally for its supreme quality and reliable nature by public service personnel, emergency services, and of course, the military.

APX P25 – Specifications

Offering high quality performance and two-way functionality, the APX P25 are hugely versatile, resilient, and durable models. The P25 describes a family of radios, available in VHF, UHF and 700-800Mhz, offering flexibility for all practicalities.

What are the features of the APX 25 radios?

Many of the industry-leading features and amenities of the P25 radios include:

  • Compact Design
  • Color Display
  • Multi-function Knob
  • Dual Microphones
  • AMBE Vocoder
  • Intelligent Lighting
  • Radio Profiles
  • Text Messaging
  • Voice Announcement
  • Over-the-Air Programming
  • Extended range

Another key selling point of the APX 25 series radios is their interoperability capabilities. This feature means that the military can communicate internally and externally, with the emergency services, for example. This interoperability allows personnel to remain connected with each other through all situations, which of course, is a highly attractive and necessary prospect. Furthermore, to enhance ease of use, the P25 models are designed with a large interface and lighting amenities despite the models’ compact nature.

This intelligent lighting feature allows communication with no sound at all in compromising situations, with various colours alluding to different situations. For example, a green light could indicate mission success, or an orange light to a compromising situation of some sort, providing informative alerts at a glance and in silence. These radios are also able to be programmed autonomously, meaning any potential issues in the field can be rectified remotely – fore fronting the safety of personnel. These features demonstrate the smart technology and advanced design of these models and their suitability for military use.

The silent communication capabilities don’t just include the intelligent lighting features, with integrated text messaging technology also featured. This offers the freedom to communicate in situations that require absolute silence, providing the ability to communicate discreetly.

Overall, the advanced technology and multiple smart features that the P25 models possess directly correlate with the requirements of military communication, and for this reason it is clear why it is a popular choice.

MOTORBO Radio Solutions

Aside from the widely popular P25, MOTORBO’s DP4801e and SLR8000 are popular choices.


The MOTORBO DP4801e is one of the DP4801 Ex series, and delivers voice and data communication seamlessly. Designed and built with innovative technologies, the MOTORBO DP4801e combines complex features with simple safety measures to create the ultimate two-way radio experience, perfect for use in highly challenging and perhaps compromising environments.

Features include:

  • Two-Way Radio Functionality
  • Long Battery Life
  • Large PTT Volume
  • LED Show
  • IP67 Rated
  • Five Year Guarantee


Used for the model’s high performance and high delivery capabilities whilst maintaining a low price-point, the MOTORBO SLR8000 is another radio of choice for the military.

With innovative. integrated software and it’s unparalleled versatility, this radio provides the military with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, even in the most challenging environments.

Features include:

  • IP Interface
  • One-Box Installation
  • Next Generation Design
  • Continuous 100W Transmit Power
  • Fully Customisable
  • Low Power Consumption
  • VHF 136-174 MHz
  • UHF 400-470 MHz
  • 64 Channel Capacity
  • 1-100W Output Power

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