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Harris Corporation receives $5.5m order from US Marine Corps

21st December 2010 - 15:39 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received a $5.5 million order from the US Marine Corps for additional vehicular amplifier adapters for Falcon III AN/PRC-117G wideband manpack tactical radios. The Marines are acquiring the equipment -- which delivers high-speed wideband networking on the move -- in connection with tactical radio modernization.

The AN/PRC-117G radio provides warfighters with unprecedented situational awareness of the battlefield by enabling applications such as streaming video, simultaneous voice and data feeds, collaborative chat, and connectivity to secure networks. The wideband networking capabilities of the AN/PRC-117G deliver critical real-time information through a man-portable radio that is smaller, lighter and more capable than legacy radios.

The AN/PRC-117G is the first JTRS Software Communications Architecture (SCA)-certified and NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system. Harris AN/PRC-117G radios are mounted into the AN/VRC-114 50-watt vehicular amplifier adapters to provide greater power output and connectivity to other networked systems. The vehicular amplifier adapters recently received the AN/VRC-114 nomenclature from the US Department of Defense.

"This order enables the Marines to extend the power of the AN/PRC-117G to a wide variety of vehicles as well as dismounted personnel," said Brendan O'Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "The AN/PRC-117G is the first certified wideband tactical radio, allowing users access to new combat applications and high-bandwidth networking capabilities that will result in better operational planning and execution. As a software-defined radio, the AN/PRC-117G offers the flexibility to rapidly deliver on evolving requirements and emerging mission needs."

The AN/PRC-117G manpack radio was developed following the US Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program's Enterprise Business Model (EBM). The EBM encourages companies to develop next-generation solutions in tactical communications using their own investment capital. In doing so, the EBM encourages competition, increases innovation, reduces costs and speeds development of important capabilities.

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G and the entire Falcon III family of radios are becoming the standard for advanced tactical communications throughout the world, having been widely adopted by the US Department of Defense, federal agencies and key allies such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Source: Harris Corp.

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