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Harris Corporation receives $9.5m contract to support Australia DoD communications modernization

31st August 2010 - 19:13 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received a $9.5 million contract to provide engineering services to support the Australia Department of Defence Land 200 communications modernization program.

The three-year contract from Elbit Systems calls for Harris to provide engineering services to integrate its Falcon tactical radio systems into the Battle Management System being developed by Elbit for the Australian Defence Forces (ADF).

"Harris Corporation will apply its broad expertise in tactical communication systems to insure seamless exchanges of voice and data between our Falcon radios and the ADF's new battle management hub," said Andy Start, president, international business, Harris RF Communications. "As the leading provider of tactical communications, we're uniquely capable of providing our customers with fully deployable system-level solutions that meet today's requirements and tomorrow's needs."

Harris radio systems will form part of the secure communications backbone for the ADF's Land 75, Land 125 and Joint Project 2072 command, control and communications modernization programs. The systems wirelessly connect soldiers to each other, their commanders and other devices in the field. The Harris systems - which include Type 1 security devices, antennas and power amplifiers - will help the ADF provide networking capabilities that enhance situational awareness and speed decision-making.

The ADF is acquiring a range of Harris tactical radio systems in support of this and other programs, including the Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-152 multiband handheld radios, as well as the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G wideband, AN/PRC-117F multiband and AN/PRC-150 high-frequency (HF) manpack radios.

The largest part of the contract is for the Falcon III AN/PRC-152. In dismounted configuration, the AN/PRC-152 will connect soldiers to the ADF's central Battle Management System and serve as a hub for other soldier-carried C4 devices. In addition, Harris is providing the AN/PRC-152 in vehicular amplifier adapters to support the installation of equipment in more than 1,000 armored vehicles.

Source: Harris Corp

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