Harris Receives $4.8M from US DoD for Falcon III Wideband Tactical Radios

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received $4.8 million in orders from the U.S. Department of Defense for Falcon III® AN/PRC-152A handheld and AN/PRC-117G manpack tactical radios. These radios provide DoD forces all the way to the tactical edge with wideband networking for enhanced situational awareness and command and control.

This is the first time the DoD has acquired both the AN/PRC-117G and AN/PRC-152A in a single order. The two radios were recently deployed together at the Army's Network Integration Evaluation. In that exercise, the radios extended wideband communication capabilities across an area in excess of 3,200 square miles.

The radios together deliver battlefield networking capabilities that address the requirements of the entire combat team, from brigade to squad and on to the individual dismounted soldier. The AN/PRC-117G and AN/PRC-152A are next-generation software-defined radios that provide secure voice, video and data communications, enabling network-enabled missions through advanced applications such as streaming video and collaborative chat.

"This order provides the DOD with field-proven radios that will deliver mission-critical voice, video and data from the networked battlefield to its warfighters operating at the edge," said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "Our Falcon III radios are enabling unprecedented communications among U.S. forces."

The AN/PRC-117G manpack is combat proven, with more than 16,000 radios shipped. The new AN/PRC-152A serves as a complement to the AN/PRC-117G, providing wideband networking and legacy voice in a lightweight, portable handheld form factor.

The AN/PRC-152A offers tactical users the broadest set of capabilities in any handheld radio. Wideband networking capabilities will initially be provided by the Harris Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2). The JTRS Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) to be added to the radio later this year. The AN/PRC-152A also hosts SINCGARS, VHF/UHF Line-of-Sight (VULOS), HaveQuick, IW for tactical satellite communications and other combat net radio waveforms. This makes the AN/PRC-152A the only Type-1 certified wideband networking handheld radio that is also fully interoperable with deployed DoD radios.

The AN/PRC-117G is a NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system, operating both ANW2 and SRW. With its fully integrated and NSA-certified High Assurance Internet Protocol Equipment (HAIPE) networking encryption, the AN/PRC-117G provides the highest level of information assurance connectivity to tactical units. More than 16,000 AN/PRC-117G radios are deployed by all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, federal agencies, and key allies such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, other NATO countries and Australia.

Source: Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS)
Date: Jan 23, 2012