Harris Receives $39 M Order for Falcon III Multiband Handheld Radios

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $39 million order from U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for Falcon III® AN/PRC-152A wideband handheld tactical radios.

The $39 million order is the initial delivery order from a new $400 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract provided to Harris. The IDIQ supports USSOCOM's Capital Equipment Replacement Program and represents an interim step in the modernization of the SOCOM tactical radio inventory. The contract also covers the Harris Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio.

"The AN/PRC-152A provides Department of Defense personnel with unprecedented capabilities in a handheld radio, including wideband tactical communications and networking," said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "We're delivering a powerful platform that operators can us for accessing and transmitting Type-1 secure voice, video and data and secure network connectivity in real time. The AN/PRC-152A leverages our extensive investment in Falcon III radio technology, which is transforming tactical communications around the world."

The AN/PRC-152A offers tactical users the broadest set of capabilities in any handheld radio, including both wideband and narrowband waveforms. Wideband networking capabilities will initially be provided by the Harris Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform, already certified by the National Security Agency for Type-1 High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryption (HAIPE). Harris expects to receive NSA Type-1 certification to operate the JTRS Soldier Radio Waveform in the radio later this year.

The AN/PRC-152A also hosts SINCGARS, VHF/UHF Line-of-Sight, HaveQuick, IW for tactical satellite communications and other combat net radio waveforms. This makes the AN/PRC-152A the only Type-1 HAIPE certified wideband networking handheld radio that is also fully interoperable with deployed DoD radios.

Source: Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS)
Date: May 16, 2012