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Falcon III AN/PRC-117G integrated with JTRS SRW Network Manager

20th December 2010 - 16:20 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has successfully integrated its advanced wideband networking radio - already in use by warfighters in the field today - into the future Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Soldier Radio Waveform Network Manager.

During JTRS Contractor Development Testing, the Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio - operating the JTRS Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) - demonstrated interoperability with the JTRS SRW Network Manager, an enterprise-wide software application that will provide network management and planning capabilities for JTRS radios.

Warfighters use the network manager to generate and load mission plans and also for real-time monitoring of JTRS radio networks, along with other functions. SRW is being developed to provide tactical voice, high-bandwidth data and battlefield networking connectivity to forces at the front of the fight.
The integration took place in collaboration with the JTRS Joint Program Executive Office Network Enterprise Domain. As a result of the successful test, the AN/PRC-117G and SRW Network Manager are now ready for Formal Qualification Testing.

"Integration of the AN/PRC-117G with the JTRS SRW Network Manager is an exciting step. It illustrates the power and flexibility of the radio's open architecture and represents another milestone for the JTRS Enterprise Business Model," said Brendan O'Connell, president, Department of Defense business unit, Harris RF Communications.

Developed under the JTRS Enterprise Business Model (EBM), the AN/PRC-117G is the first JTRS SCA-certified and NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system. With its fully integrated and NSA-certified High Assurance Internet Protocol Equipment (HAIPE) networking encryption, the AN/PRC-117G provides the highest level of information assurance to tactical commanders and deployed forces in the field. The EBM encourages companies to develop next-generation solutions in tactical communications using their own investment capital to integrate waveform software maintained by the JPEO JTRS Information Repository. In doing so, the EBM stimulates competition, increases innovation, reduces costs through waveform software reuse and speeds development of important capabilities.

Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the US military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets - with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.

Source: Harris Corp.

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