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Harris to supply HH-VDL radios to USAF

5th June 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Harris Corporation has received a five-year, $130 million IDIQ contract from the US Air Force to develop and deliver a Handheld Video Data Link (HH-VDL) radio that will increase soldier situational awareness and connectivity, the company announced on 31 May.

The HH VDL radio will securely deliver data to and from multiple airborne assets. It will use the bandwidth efficient common data link to enable real-time ISR information such as full-motion video to be distributed from the air to soldiers on the ground.

The new radios will replace existing incumbent ground ISR terminals, providing increased capability in a more mobile solution. The HH VDL radio will be fully cryptographic modernisation initiative compliant.

Chris Young, president, Harris Communication Systems, said: ‘This award reaffirms our commitment to tactical ISR and extends our networked handheld portfolio and waveform offerings. The ability to securely link air and ground assets with full-motion video and data provides an augmented site picture for commanders, and increases situational awareness for dismounted warfighters across the battlespace.’

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