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Harris Corporation receives $14.6m order from US Army

16th December 2010 - 15:34 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received a $14.6 million order from the US Army for use in an artillery command and control application.

The Army will use Harris RF-3134 high-frequency (HF) full-loop antenna systems as part of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System -- a multiple launch rocket system widely used by the Army during operations in Iraq.

The full-loop antennas, linked to existing Harris Falcon II AN/PRC-150 radios, will enable field personnel to deliver targeting commands to the missiles via long-distance HF voice and data radio links. The full-loop antenna is lightweight, easy to install on the HIMARS platform, and provides communication between HIMARS and its supporting units from over-the-horizon -- farther than traditional line-of-sight communications. This capability allows HIMARS missile batteries to be deployed over wider geographic areas. Use of the full-loop antenna also increases system mobility.

"Harris high-frequency radios are providing forces around the world with dependable long-haul beyond-line-of-sight voice communications," said Brendan O'Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "For this application, we built on our industry leadership in HF communications to address an emerging requirement and bring an advanced capability to the Army. The application highlights our commitment to finding new solutions to tactical communication challenges faced by today's forces."

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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