Harris announces new USSOCOM award
Harris has announced that it has received orders from the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G wideband manpack tactical radios. The awards, totalling $81 million, were announced 29 May, 2012.
The radios will allow USSOCOM to broadly deploy Type-1 secure wideband tactical communications and ISR capabilities, the company said.
The orders are part of a new IDIQ contract awarded to Harris to support USSOCOM’s Capital Equipment Replacement Programme. This programme is part of the initial phases of the modernisation of the SOCOM tactical radio inventory. Under terms of the contract, Harris also will provide its Falcon III AN/PRC-152A wideband handheld radio, a wideband solution for dismounted users.
The AN/PRC-117G provides USSOCOM with a robust upgradeable platform that enables the addition of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities such as video. The AN/PRC-117G is the first NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system. The AN/PRC-117G enables dismounted and vehicular warfighters to communicate via voice, video and data in real time.
The wideband capabilities of the radio support network-enabled missions such as collaborative chat, video, e-mail, biometric enrollments and more from the field. The radio provides the highest level of information assurance connectivity to tactical units via NSA-certified High Assurance Internet Protocol Equipment encryption.
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