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Harris to develop narrowband SRW

13th January 2017 - 12:01 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Harris Corporation will develop a new narrowband mode of the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) for the US Department of Defense under a three year contract from the National Spectrum Consortium announced on 11 January.

The new narrowband mode will decrease the amount of spectrum required when deploying an infantry brigade combat team, extending point-to-point communications range, providing electronic counter-countermeasures, and enabling reliable voice and data communications transmission over varying terrain.

The narrowband mode, which will be included on all US Army programme of record tactical radios, will complement the wideband SRW which is used to transmit higher bandwidth information, such as video and images over shorter point-to-point distances. 

The narrowband mode of SRW will also enhance network scalability, allowing more users – including other US services and coalition partners – on the network without degrading reliability or performance.

Chris Young, president, Harris Communication Systems, said: ‘The new narrowband waveform is part of the US Army’s continued modernisation efforts that are providing warfighters with ever-increasing capabilities. The Harris team will apply our expertise in waveforms and tactical radios to develop and deliver this needed waveform to warfighters on the battlefield.’

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