Harris Introduces 1st HF Tactical Radio with Wideband Data Capabilities
- Provides 10 Times Data Rate
- New manpack radio enables transmission of tactical video clips, images and other data files from beyond-line-of-sight environments.
- Offers 10-fold increase in data rates and reduced size and weight over current HF manpacks.
- Demonstrates continued leadership and innovation from Harris in providing wideband tactical communication systems.
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, today introduced the Falcon III® RF-7800H wideband manpack — the world's smallest, lightest and fastest wideband high frequency (HF) radio. The RF-7800H dramatically improves HF tactical communications by transmitting video clips, images, maps and other large data files from beyond-line-of-sight environments for the first time.
The new RF-7800H from Harris, the leading provider of HF tactical communications, offers data rates that are 10 times greater than current HF manpacks. This is significant because HF radios play a unique role in the success of military missions by providing assured long-distance tactical communications to warfighters operating in mountainous or urban terrain. Current HF radios only provide enough bandwidth for voice and limited data communication such as text messaging.
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The new RF-7800H is 20 percent smaller and lighter than previous HF manpacks and operates on a single battery. It also features a Software Communications Architecture-based operating environment that allows for easy upgrades to deliver new features and address emerging requirements. The RF-7800H offers the first highly reliable alternative to satellite communications for beyond line-of-sight data communications.
"The new RF-7800H provides enhanced wideband HF data capabilities that will enable streamlined command and control on the battlefield," said Brendan O'Connell, president, international business unit, Harris RF Communications. "The RF-7800H radio leverages a half-century of experience and innovation in waveform development and design and manufacturing of high-performance HF transceivers. The RF-7800H lightens the warfighter's load with a streamlined ergonomic form factor, reduced size and weight and single battery operation."
Harris has delivered more than 100,000 Falcon II high-frequency manpack radios, providing significant leadership in development of state-of-the-art in HF. Harris innovations include introducing the first and only Type-1 HF manpack, MELP digital voice, embedded Internet Protocol and third-generation Automatic Link Establishment.
Harris played a lead role in designing and developing wideband HF technology for the U.S. government, which is now standardized in US MIL-STD-188-110C. The RF-7800H embedded wideband modem is designed in accordance with this standard.
The wider bandwidth waveform in the RF-7800H provides more robust communications than traditional narrowband tactical communications environments. Weighing just under 4 kilograms, the RF-7800H provides continuous coverage in the 1.5 MHz to 60 MHz frequency band. It is fully backwards compatible with the Harris Falcon II HF product line and accessories. The RF-7800H has an internal GPS and offers both Citadel and AES encryption.
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Source : Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS)