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Harris to upgrade USMC tactical radios

16th January 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Harris Corporation will provide Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) narrowband satellite communication upgrades for the US Marine Corps’ Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack radios, the company announced on 14 January.

The $75 million order is part of the US Navy portable radio programme five-year IDIQ contract awarded in 2017.

The AN/PRC-117G software defined radio is designed to be easily upgraded with new waveforms such as MUOS. The MUOS software upgrade will allow the marine corps to access the new MUOS satellite constellation that provides next-generation satellite communications, enabling them to talk and share data anywhere in the world.

The upgrade will also provide the corps with a greater number of SATCOM users, and enhanced voice and data communications in challenging environments such as urban and high/low latitude locations.

Harris will also deliver ancillary devices for the AN/PRC-117G radios currently fielded by the marine corps, including antennas which enable the radios to support SATCOM-on-the-move while connected to the MUOS satellites.

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