Harris to supply Falcon III multiband manpack radios to US DoD
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received orders totaling $12.2 million to supply additional Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radios systems to the U.S. Department of Defense. The DoD is acquiring the AN/PRC-117G in support of requirements for wideband networking as well as line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight tactical communications.
Software-defined and upgradeable, the AN/PRC-117G radio system delivers critical real-time information to warfighters on the move and their commanders via a man-portable radio system with significantly reduced size and weight.
"The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G addresses the full range of wideband tactical networking capabilities today, including video, network-wide e-mail and chat and biometrics," said Brendan O'Connell, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "The AN/PRC-117G radio provides warfighters with unprecedented situational awareness and command and control of the battlefield."
The AN/PRC-117G is the first JTRS Software Communications Architecture (SCA)-certified and NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system and has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Defense, federal agencies and key allies such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, other NATO countries and Australia. In 2010, C4ISR Journal named the AN/PRC-117G as a Big 25 award winner in the category of network systems, recognizing the technology for having "a significant impact in defeating terrorists, preventing attacks, and enabling troops to make the right decisions on the battlefield."
The development of the AN/PRC-117G manpack radio has followed the U.S. 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.
Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon® family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.
Source: Harris Corporation
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