Harris announces US Navy Falcon III Manpack radio order
Harris Corporation will supply the US Navy with the Falcon III Multi-channel Manpack tactical radio under an initial order announced on 20 May. The radio will allow the customer to expand capabilities as battlefield requirements develop in future.
The Multi-channel Manpack radio is designed to operate over the new Mobile User Objective System military communications satellite without any hardware changes. Harris developed the system to meet the requirements of the Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Factor tactical radio programme. It hosts all required US government wideband and narrowband waveforms, and supports multi-channel cross-banding.
George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications, said: ‘The new Harris Multi-channel Manpack represents a quantum leap in tactical communications technology. It is a modular, software-defined radio that recognises the battlefield is never static. With its two channels and expansion slot, it allows users to deploy the capabilities they need to be successful.’
Harris is scheduled to deliver the radios to Naval Special Warfare in the autumn of 2014.
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